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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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The Butaan Project - Background and History
butaan2.jpgThe butaan was first described to science in 1845 from a juvenile specimen collected by Hugh Cuming. It was labelled only "Philippines". It was named Varanus grayi.  No other specimens came to light for over 120 years. In the 1970s Walter Auffenberg found another specimen with a location in Luzon, established that its correct scientific name was Varanus olivaceus, and undertook a 22 month study of the species based in Bicol. His study revealed that butaan occupy a unique ecological niche and have a lifestyle quite unlike any other monitor lizard. Auffenberg used local hunters with dogs to catch the animals. Of 126 butaan caught during his study, 116 animals were killed.
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