To What Extent Does A Reclamation Project Hurts Biodiversity?

The non-stop reclamation project of China in the disputed group of islands and islets at the West Philippine Sea or the Spratly group of islands has been causing great irreparable damage to the Biodiversity in that region.  The damage had been observed in the shoals and atolls that included the Johnson Reef, McKennan Reef, Mischief Reef, Cuarteron Reef, Gaven Reef and Fiery Cross Reef.   Through the UN intervention,  this act of defiance by China should, immediately, stop.

This is the substance of the recently concluded meeting of countries at the United Nations Headquarters in New York.

The report stated that “Ambassador Lourdes O. Yparraguirre, Philippine Permanent Representative to the United Nations, issued her warning before a hundred UN legal experts in a June 10 forum organized by the Philippines that focused on the protection and preservation of the marine environment. With the theme, “UNCLOS and the Protection of the Marine Environment,” the event was held at the sidelines of the week-long 25th Meeting of States Parties to the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (SPLOS) at the UN Headquarters.”

(Source: Jane Perlez, the New York Times)

For a detailed discussion on this issue, please click the link hereunder.

http://www.interaksyon.com/article/112377/south-china-sea-in-environmental-crisis-due-to-beijings-reclamation-un-forum-told

For related story by Jane Perlez, New York Times, please refer to this link:

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/04/17/world/asia/china-building-airstrip-in-disputed-spratly-islands-satellite-images-show.html?_r=0

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Coral Gardening Technique

In the past, I have been thinking of the best way to rehabilitate the coral reefs which had been damaged by passing ships or illegal fishing method like dynamite fishing.  When I saw this video,  which I posted here,  I concluded, that there is a future for the protection and conservation of  corals and coral reefs, specifically, in areas where their presence is threatened.

Please watch this video which is published by BBC Earth.

 

And here’s another video about Coral Gardening in Fiji Island. (Source: youtube and Rossco-j)

 

Pacific East Aquaculture, Corals by Dr. Mac, produced this video which I got from youtube. Please check this out.

Thank you,  BBC Earth, Rossco-j, Pacific East Aquaculture Corals by Dr. Mac and Youtube.

UNESCO: Stop the Pillage & Destruction of Underwater Cultural Heritage Sites

Citation:  We would like to thank UNESCO for sharing this video on youtube.

This video focuses on the principles, rules and mechanisms on the Protection and Conservation of Underwater Cultural Heritage Sites.  This is a good tool to help Stakeholders, Community, Environmentalist Groups, Volunteers and Advocates on Environment and Sustainable Development under which the Protection and Conservation of Underwater Cultural Heritage is included.

Conservation and Protection of Heritage sites and places is one of the major thrusts of Earthniversity.  Although this video was originally published in 2010, the principles, rules and mechanisms on how to protect and conserve the underwater cultural heritage sites and places remain the same.  Get some ideas from this video and apply it now to your local experience.  It is never too late to be involved.

Underwater Cultural Heritage is a common heritage of mankind. Let us help UNESCO in this endeavor.

Comment:

Do you have this site in your province or island?  In Negros Occidental there are few sites of sunken ships that carried loads of goods and may tell a story about our past.   For example in Maricalum Bay at Hinoba-an and in Sipalay.  There are identified dive sites of sunken ships that face the threats of Pillage and Destruction.  Help preserve and conserve them now.

Let us promote UNDERWATER CULTURAL HERITAGE MUSEUM the way Egypt and China do today.  Underwater archaeological trails are already existing in the United States, Italy, Canada, Israel, Australia and the Caribbean.  Let us learn from these best practices.