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Updates from Bui National Park Print E-mail

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The Bui Lake is now about 25% full and the hippo population has not moved from the park; hippos in the lake area are occupying the shallow tributaries which are not yet inundated. The new lake has been providing extremely good fishing, but the old policy of letting fisherman catch and smoke fish in the southern part of the park has been discontinued.  The fishing community of Akanyakrom who previously  lived on the banks of the river, have been relocated to a site almost 4km from the river. Consequently fishermen must paddle to the Bole area to fish – fishermen claim this takes two hours. The new lake is very dangerous to navigate and four fishermen have drowned in recent months. 

The cost of the Bui Dam was originally estimated at $622 million and is now estimated at almost $800 million. It is financed with $60 million from Ghana and $560 million of concessional loans  and buyers credits from China.. Currently there is a shortfall of $168 million. The resettlement package from Bui Power Authority is $60 per month per household for a year. For a typical household with nine people (four adults and 5 children) this works out at about $1.50 per person per week. 

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Sources
http://newtimes.com.gh/story/bui-dam-to-be-ready-in-2012
http://www.modernghana.com/newsthread1/300594/1/
http://ghanadamsdialogue.iwmi.org/newsletter.aspx
http://www.modernghana.com/news/331114/1/actionaid-holds-forum-for-bui-resettlement-communi.html
http://www.tain.ghanadistricts.gov.gh/?arrow=nws&read=15690

 
 

 

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Bye Bye Butaan

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Butaan start to visit fruiting trees before they are large enough to swallow the fruits. They make repeat journeys to trees, perhaps to reinforce memory of the position of the tree. If the youngster survives it may continue to use this tree for many decades. Fruiting trees like this are a vital resource for entire populations of butaan. Learn more >


 
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The Butaan Project
Butaan are Obligate Frugivores!
An obligate frugivore is an animal whose diet throughout its range consist largely of fruit. Other obligate frugivores in the Philippines include flying foxes, hornbills and other birds. The butaan is much larger than any other obligate frugivore in the Philippines and had a much more restricted diet; on Polillo the diet of adult butaan consists almost entirely of eight species of fruits and two species of snails.

 

 

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