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The Union Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC) has brought out the 2018 report.(HT Photo)

Tiger presence in Dibang Valley could pave way for people-led conservation plan

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Jayashree Nandi
UPDATED ON JUL 31, 2020 12:51 PM IST
In the Dibang-Kamlang-Namdapha block, the report has estimated the presence of 29 tigers based on scat samples and camera-trap images.
The 3,097-megawatt project being developed in Arunachal Pradesh’s Dibang valley entails the loss of 270,000 trees at the junction of the Paleo-arctic, Indo-Chinese, and Indo-Malayan biogeographic regions with luxuriant forests.(Special Arrangement)
The 3,097-megawatt project being developed in Arunachal Pradesh’s Dibang valley entails the loss of 270,000 trees at the junction of the Paleo-arctic, Indo-Chinese, and Indo-Malayan biogeographic regions with luxuriant forests.(Special Arrangement)

Anger after firm assesses own project in Arunachal Pradesh

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Jayashree Nandi
UPDATED ON JUL 07, 2020 06:48 AM IST
The state has since submitted the analysis -- done, not by it but by the developer of the project, Etalin Hydro Electric Power Company Limited .
Earlier this month, several scientists and wildlife biologists wrote to FAC, warning about the massive loss of biodiversity if Etalin Hydropower Project was allowed to come up.(Photo: Ramki Sreenivasan)
Earlier this month, several scientists and wildlife biologists wrote to FAC, warning about the massive loss of biodiversity if Etalin Hydropower Project was allowed to come up.(Photo: Ramki Sreenivasan)

Is Etalin hydropower project financially viable? FAC asks power ministry

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Jayashree Nandi
UPDATED ON MAY 12, 2020 06:17 AM IST
FAC has asked the power ministry to comment whether the project in its current form is viable. It has also directed Arunachal Pradesh to submit a cost-benefit analysis of the project.
The peer review, seen by HT, suggests that WII hasn’t revealed crucial information about the area and impact of the Dibang Valley project on ecology and local people.(Screem grab of WII Report)
The peer review, seen by HT, suggests that WII hasn’t revealed crucial information about the area and impact of the Dibang Valley project on ecology and local people.(Screem grab of WII Report)

WII’s Dibang Valley Project report biased and incomplete, says peer review

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Jayashree Nandi | Edited by Anubha Rohatgi
UPDATED ON MAY 05, 2020 10:26 AM IST
Based on WII’s technical report, an FAC sub committee which visited the project area in February this year has approved the project which will involve clearing of at least 2.7 lakh trees in sub-tropical evergreen and rain forests and in a vital tiger area.
Members of the forum said the project will be critical for the remote region which has been neglected by the government.(Chintan Sheth/ Sourced by HT)
Members of the forum said the project will be critical for the remote region which has been neglected by the government.(Chintan Sheth/ Sourced by HT)

Forest panel to share its views on Etalin Hydropower Project soon

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON MAY 04, 2020 06:35 AM IST
But the officials said the FAC hadn’t yet taken a decision on whether to reject or allow the project, which conservationists say entails felling tens of thousands of trees and poses a threat to the region’s rich biodiversity.
Dibang Valley is home to a genetically distinct population of tigers, over 75 species of other mammals, and 300+ species of birds, including many endangered ones, Conservation India said in its memorandum.(Photo: Chintan Sheth/ Sourced by HT)
Dibang Valley is home to a genetically distinct population of tigers, over 75 species of other mammals, and 300+ species of birds, including many endangered ones, Conservation India said in its memorandum.(Photo: Chintan Sheth/ Sourced by HT)

Forest panel to share its views on Arunachal hydropower project

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Jayashree Nandi
UPDATED ON MAY 05, 2020 09:52 AM IST
The environment ministry’s forest division has been swamped in the past week by letters and submissions on the project, to make way for which at least 270,000 trees will be felled.
The National Board for Wildlife met once on April 7 but considered as many as 34 infrastructure, mining and commercial projects linked or inside wildlife sanctuaries and reserves.(Photo Courtesy: Chintan Sheth)
The National Board for Wildlife met once on April 7 but considered as many as 34 infrastructure, mining and commercial projects linked or inside wildlife sanctuaries and reserves.(Photo Courtesy: Chintan Sheth)

Environment ministry on project clearance spree, activists wary

Hndustan Times, New Delhi | By Jayashree Nandi
UPDATED ON MAY 01, 2020 09:25 AM IST
The environment ministry’s expert appraisal committee (EAC) held nine meetings only in April through video-conferencing where several industrial, mining and infrastructure projects were considered and cleared.
FAC has considered granting forest clearance to the Etalin hydropower project at a meeting last Thursday; the minutes of the meeting are yet to be released.(Chintan Sheth)
FAC has considered granting forest clearance to the Etalin hydropower project at a meeting last Thursday; the minutes of the meeting are yet to be released.(Chintan Sheth)

Scrap Dibang Valley project: Activists

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Jayashree Nandi
UPDATED ON APR 30, 2020 11:04 AM IST
Conservation India, a non-profit website on wildlife and nature conservation, sent a memorandum with 4,305 signatures to the ministry, asking it to deny environmental clearance for the project.
Dibang Valley is home to a genetically distinct population of tigers, over 75 species of other mammals, and 300+ species of birds, including many endangered ones, Conservation India said in its memorandum.(Photo: Chintan Sheth/ Sourced by HT)
Dibang Valley is home to a genetically distinct population of tigers, over 75 species of other mammals, and 300+ species of birds, including many endangered ones, Conservation India said in its memorandum.(Photo: Chintan Sheth/ Sourced by HT)

Over 4,000 petition environment ministry on hydropower project in Arunachal Pradesh’s Dibang Valley

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Jayashree Nandi
UPDATED ON APR 29, 2020 07:45 PM IST
Conservation India, a non-profit website on wildlife and nature conservation, sent a memorandum with 4,305 signatures to the ministry, asking it to deny environmental clearance for the project.
The risk of hydropower projects upstream closer to glaciers and glacial lakes is extremely high due to the unpredictable nature of the volume and flow rate during glacial lake outburst floods.(Photo: Chintan Sheth/ HT)
The risk of hydropower projects upstream closer to glaciers and glacial lakes is extremely high due to the unpredictable nature of the volume and flow rate during glacial lake outburst floods.(Photo: Chintan Sheth/ HT)

Another scientist writes to govt, warns about climate change impact in Dibang Valley over hydro projects

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Jayashree Nandi
PUBLISHED ON APR 28, 2020 03:16 PM IST
Dibang Valley has close to 300 glaciers in an area of 200 sqkm and there are about 350 glacial lakes covering an area of 50 sqkm. Glacial lakes indicate these areas had much larger glaciers that have now completely melted due to warming, Sheth has said in his three-page letter.
Environmentalists and local residents are now concerned that the same ecological value cannot be recreated through artificial plantations in fragmented patches of land.(Ramki Sreenivasan /HT)
Environmentalists and local residents are now concerned that the same ecological value cannot be recreated through artificial plantations in fragmented patches of land.(Ramki Sreenivasan /HT)

270k trees to be felled in Dibang, plans for compensatory plantations at 25 sites

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Jayashree Nandi
UPDATED ON APR 26, 2020 05:47 PM IST
The proposed project, which is yet to get approval from the environment ministry’s forest advisory committee (FAC), is located in “subtropical evergreen broad-leaved forest and subtropical rain forests” and is home to outstanding biodiversity, according to the FAC’s own documents.
Scientists sought a cumulative impact assessment of all the hydropower projects in the region, including the 3,097 MW Etalin and 2,880 MW Dibang multipurpose projects --- two of the country’s biggest hydel ventures in the same region(HT Photo)
Scientists sought a cumulative impact assessment of all the hydropower projects in the region, including the 3,097 MW Etalin and 2,880 MW Dibang multipurpose projects --- two of the country’s biggest hydel ventures in the same region(HT Photo)

More scientists write to FAC about treading carefully on hydropower projects in Dibang Valley

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Jayashree Nandi
UPDATED ON APR 25, 2020 12:44 AM IST
One of the letters highlighted that community-managed forests or what is termed as unclassed state forests outside the Dibang Wildlife Sanctuary, which is rich in biodiversity.
Scientists who have worked in Dibang Valley wrote to the environment ministry on April 22 after they came across the FAC’s sub-committee report on the Parivesh website.(RAMKI SREENIVASAN/HT PHOTO.)
Scientists who have worked in Dibang Valley wrote to the environment ministry on April 22 after they came across the FAC’s sub-committee report on the Parivesh website.(RAMKI SREENIVASAN/HT PHOTO.)

FAC members are in favour of hydropower project in Dibang Valley: Environment ministry

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Jayashree Nandi
UPDATED ON APR 23, 2020 08:15 PM IST
A senior member of the FAC who didn’t want to be named said though a decision on granting forest clearance to the project has not been taken yet, most members had a favourable view of the project because it is a large “clean energy project” which could replace dirty energy.
The company plans to develop a combination of two run-of-the-river projects involving the construction of concrete gravity dams on the Tangon and Dri tributaries of the Dibang.(HT Photo)
The company plans to develop a combination of two run-of-the-river projects involving the construction of concrete gravity dams on the Tangon and Dri tributaries of the Dibang.(HT Photo)

2.7 lakh trees to be felled for hydropower project in Arunachal’s Dibang Valley

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Jayashree Nandi
PUBLISHED ON APR 22, 2020 10:40 PM IST
A FAC sub-committee report on Tuesday recommended the 3,097 MW Etalin Hydroelectric Project be allowed with a condition that the developer deposits money for wildlife conservation in the area.
Researchers have found a promising tiger population in the upper reaches of Dibang Valley in Arunachal Pradesh.
Researchers have found a promising tiger population in the upper reaches of Dibang Valley in Arunachal Pradesh.

Camera traps capture tigers at 3,630 metres in Arunachal’s Dibang Valley

Hindustan Times, Guwahati | By Sadiq Naqvi
UPDATED ON NOV 30, 2018 01:43 PM IST
One of the 108 camera traps deployed in and around the protected area for the study captured a tiger wading through thick snow in January 2017. Dibang Wildlife Sanctuary (DWS) is not a designated tiger reserve and is the highest site for the 2018 tiger census.
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