On Nov 3th 2011 I posted a short blog on the proposed Incheon Tidal Power Plant (Republic of Korea). Part of the blog said this:
- The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change website is presently offering people an opportunity to post their comments on the green credentials (or otherwise) of a massive tidal power plant (area: 196km2) in Incheon, ROK. This tidal power plant aims to convert the ROK’s largest remaining contiguous area of intertidal wetland into a reservoir. The area to be affected is the whole visually striking span of salt-marsh, tidal creeks, small islets and open tidal-flat that stretches north from the Incheon international airport to Ganghwa Island.
The opportunity to comment is open until December 12th 2011. This opportunity is provided as part of Incheon Tidal Power Station’s application for carbon credits which they would then sell. As stated within the application proposal, without carbon credits, the tidal power plant would not be “economically feasible.” (P. 16).
Ganghwa – part of the hugely important tidal area that will be destroyed
Responses to the proposal are now live on the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) website. Included are comments from eg Birds Korea, KFEM, Eco-Horizon Institute, Korean citizens and groups, and from overseas opponents including Australasian Wader Studies Group, BirdLife, RSPB, and SAVE International.
Almost unanimously commenters point out how important Incheon tidal-flats are to a range of internationally-important birdlife (eg the globally Endangered Black-faced Spoonbill Platalea minor, the globally Vulnerable Chinese Egret Egretta eulophotes, the globally Vulnerable Saunders’s Gull Chroicocephalus saundersi and the globally Vulnerable Far Eastern Curlew Numenius madagascariensisand the globally Endangered Red-crowned Crane Grus japonensis), how CO2 will be released as the tidal flats dry, and how natural carbon sequestration by the tidal flats will be halted.
The Incheon Tidal Power Station CDM Project website page is at http://cdm.unfccc.int/Projects/Validation/DB/F8LSVUFKUW79Q565TOAQK4G2YIHKZR/view.html