Are our mountains under threat from development projects?

Mountain ranges all over the world are facing various threats due to logging, farming, global warming and excessive tourism.

To add to this, ill-conceived construction projects are also posing a severe threat to mountain habitats. About 25 per cent of the world’s mountainous regions are under threat from development projects planned for the next 30 years.

Such projects ultimately lead to loss of forest cover, loss of endemic flora and fauna, landslides and flooding. In India a large number of developmental projects in the Western Ghats are underway or in the process of being passed.

Instead of conserving and nurturing our precious natural resources, developmental projects such as the construction of hydro power plants, nuclear plant expansion, highway expansion, mining and industrial activities and railway projects destroy and sacrifice forests and pristine environments.

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