The draft of the email that you can send – and the list of email id’s of the forest advisory committee members.
Email id’s to send the email to:
Subject: Reject Forest Clearance for the Etalin Project
Respected member of the Forest Advisory Committee,
I write to you as a concerned citizen of India and implore you to reject the forest clearance for the Etalin Hydropower project. The project should not be viewed as a clean energy project as it involves the destruction of a minimum of 2,70,000 trees in the Dibang Valley of Arunachal Pradesh. The Dibang Valley lies in a global biodiversity hotspot and its old-growth forests are irreplaceable. They harbour rich species diversity, including a unique high-altitude population of tigers.
Such forests are also crucial to public health and our fight against the climate crisis. In a letter by the Ministry of Environment Forests, Climate Change to the Ministry of Corporate Affairs, Environment Secretary CK Mishra acknowledges that there is a consensus amongst scientists that a rise in zoonotic diseases like Nipah, avian influenza, Zika, and Coronavirus is linked to loss of biodiversity and forests. Once lost, such complex ecosystems are irreplaceable. the Dibang multipurpose project has already been approved on the same Dibang river. It would be a tragedy if the Etalin project is approved too.
I urge you to unanimously reject clearances for the Etalin Project.
The science behind opposing this dam – penned by four top wildlife scientists and social scientists who have been working in the region: https://www.sanctuarynaturefoundation.org/article/conservation-scientists-oppose-etalin-hydro-electric-project
On the unique conservation story of the Mishmi Hills by an ecologist – anthropologist: https://www.sanctuaryasia.com/magazines/cover-story/10911-tribal-tigers-how-a-shamanic-community-has-saved-tigers-in-the-dibang-valley-of-arunachal-pradesh.html
Scroll article by Manju Menon on how ‘consent’ was threatened and obtained for the Dibang Dam- https://scroll.in/article/931504/how-consent-for-dibang-dam-was-manufactured-by-terrorising-the-people-of-arunachal-pradesh
How making this dam could exacerbate natural disasters in the region: https://www.sanctuarynaturefoundation.org/article/climate-change-and-seismic-hazards-in-the-dibang-valley
With the full technical report here: https://github.com/monsoonforest/dibang-glaciers/raw/master/Sheth-2020-Dibang-Natural-Hazards-full-report.pdf
Article on how due process was not followed (4th May, 2020) https://indianexpress.com/article/india/north-east-hydroelectric-project-study-tigers-wii-6392556/?fbclid=IwAR38Ny9Jbm9vQTyqGblRIRgvOuDwPGrWhXkSqdwSRFNCkq4NuBrxCeLw8j0
A local grassroots NGO writes a strong 20-point letter asking for the project to be rejected. https://www.sanctuarynaturefoundation.org/article/dibang-based-ngo-appeals-to-fac-to-reject-etalin-project
Shashank Dalvi, an ornithologist par excellence writes to the FAC showing that 430 species (of India’s 1346 species) are found in the region. https://www.sanctuarynaturefoundation.org/article/ornithologist-underscores-bird-diversity-in-dibang-valley
A comprehensive toolkit by Sanctuary Asia that compiles a list of all available literature on the dam. https://www.sanctuarynaturefoundation.org/article/etalin-campaign-tool-kit
Our peer-reviewed report by 26 scientists from 16 different institutions highlighting the deficiencies in the wildlife conservation plan (pdf download here): https://www.conservationindia.org/wp-content/files_mf/Updated-Peer-Review-of-the-Wildlife-Conservation-Plan-of-the-WII-Etalin-Hydropower-Project-Dibang-Valley-Arunachal-Pradesh-5-May-2020.pdf