A huge land reclamation project in South Korea is pushing endangered species towards extinction, Reuters has reported.
A report by Birds Korea and Australasian Wader studies group has claimed that the Saemangeum land reclamation project has removed one of the largest feeding grounds on the Yellow Sea for hundreds of thousands of migratory birds.
Specifically, the study identified that numbers of the critically endangered spoon-billed sandpiper and the spotted greenshank are being reduced further by the destruction of wetlands.
“The evidence very strongly indicates that most shorebird populations are declining in the Republic of [South] Korea,” Reuters reported the study as saying.
“Within Saemangeum, [we] recorded a decline of 137,000 shorebirds, and declines in 19 of the most numerous species, from 2006 to 2008,” the report added.
There are currently 2,500 spoon-billed sandpipers left in the world, although recent research showed that population numbers are dropping so rapidly that the bird is on the verge of extinction.
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