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Old Wednesday 16th June 2004, 21:32   #1
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Exclamation The Verdalselva Delta, a Ramsar site in Norway, is under renewed threat ...

... from industrial development.

(Please act and pass to your lists and contacts)

Ørin on the Verdalselva delta is the most important location for migrating Pink-footed goose Anser brachyrhynchus from the Svaldbard (Spitzbergen) population with up to 8000 - 9000 individuals resting at Ørin at the same time. The total population is some 40,000 birds. It is also the most important spring location in Norway for the Scandinavian population of Common Scoter Melanitta nigra with 1230 birds present simultaneously. The Common Scoter is on the Red List of Norwegian Birds. Ørin is also a very important migration and wintering location for many other shorebirds and ducks such as Common Eider Somateria mollissima, Long-tailed Duck Clangula hyemalis, Velvet Scoter Melanitta fusca, Surf Scoter Melanitta perspecillata and Common Goldeneye Bucephala clangula.
It is also the most impotant wintering location for Oystercatcher Haematopus ostralegus in Norway, and is also an important migration location for Oystercatchers wintering in England.
It is one of the most important winter locations for Mallard Anas platyrhynchos in Norway. Several hundreds Common Eider feeding at Ørinin spring breed in Bottenviken in Sweden.



The delta is threatened by unnecessary industrial development (no one knows what is to be done with the reclaimed land or if there is indeed any demand for it – possibly some funds have been left over from a regional development subsidy?).

The complete background, including the previous Proact support campaign is online. We have now received a new call for international support from the Norwegian Ornithological Society (NOF).

You can help by sending an email appealing to the Norwegian Environment Minister Brende to intervene. It is available at

THE PROACT LOCAL CAMPAIGNS SITE


Please take time to go to the Proact site and send the draft text - or even better use your own words - to register your personal protest and concern. A direct mail link is provided.

Thank you,

David Conlin, Proact International and the Norwegian Ornithological society (NOF)
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