Environment & Wildlife in Tawang

 
 

There is no detailed impact assessment of the Tsa Chu II project on wildlife, biodiversity, social and cultural impacts, human rights impacts both in upstream and downstream of the proposed dam with due participation of affected communities as per the guidelines of the recommendations of the World Commission on Dams. As there is also no detailed and holistic impact assessment of the dam and also cumulative impact due to the planned construction of Tsa Chu II HEP together with other mega dams over major Rivers in Tawang District of Arunachal Pradesh, the project authorities has violated the recommendations and guidelines of the World Commission on Dams.

Biodiversity and Wild Life Impacts of Tsa Chu II HEP

The efforts to built Tsa Chu II HEP along other series of dams across the rivers in Tawang District again constitute a complete disregard of the environmental impact, loss of rich and diverse flora and fauna of the region. The Tawang Chu II project will pose serious threat to rare species like Red Panda and Macau, Mountain Goat, Snow Leopard which are found in the area. Tawang is also a home to rare Himalayan Wild Plant species like Rhododendron etc. Tawang is indeed the only places on Earth where all different varieties of Rhododendron are grown. As per survey report of Nature Conservation Foundation, Mysore, International Snow Leopard Trust, Seattle, USA and Wildlife Conservation Society, Bangalore, the area of Mago Chu valley harbor the richest mammalian assemblage which are of global conservation importance. Tawang is perhaps the only known region in the world to have all the three (3) Goral species- listed as threatened species.

The area has also been identified as an important site for the creation of State’s First High Altitude Wildlife Reserve. The area has also been covered under “His Holiness the VIth Dalai Lama Tsangyang Gyatso World Peace Park (Biosphere Reserve)”, dedicated by Shri Gegong Apang, Hon’ble Chief Minister, Arunachal on 19th November 2004.