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Birds and Bats Unlimited. 2017. Appendix H - Avian Impact Assessment: Walvisbay - Waterfront development: Potential effects on birds of the RAMSAR site


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Walvisbay - Waterfront development: Potential effects on birds of the RAMSAR site.

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The Walvis Bay waterfront and marina is a new development proposed by Walvis Bay Waterfront (Pty) Ltd in 2017, on the edge of the mouth of the Walvis Bay lagoon. Walvis Bay is a natural embayment on the edge of the Namib Desert that is a wetland, internationally renowned for its diversity and abundance of coastal birds. It holds the single largest accumulation of coastal birds in southern Africa, as well as large numbers of cetaceans (Williams 1983, Wearne and Underhill 2005). As such it was proclaimed a Ramsar Wetland of International Importance in 1995, and is also ranked internationally as an Important Bird (IBA) by Birdlife International (Simmons et al. 1998). The study of the impacts on the avifauna is triggered under Namibia's Environmental Management Act of 2007 (EMA) and the EIA specifically addresses the effects that the new marina and waterfront development will have on the avifauna of Walvis Bay. The report also provides mitigation measures and alternatives where these are deemed necessary to avoid high impacts.

Year: 2017

Type: Report

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