STATUS OF THE BIRDS RECORDED FROM THE WIND POWER PROJECT AREA IN COASTAL GHARO WIND CORRIDOR, DISTRICT THATTA, SINDH Page No: 4609-4620

By: Syed Ali Ghalib, Babar Hussain, Afsheen Zehra, Ghazala Yasmeen, Roohi Kanwal, Saima Siddiqui, Ubaid Ullah, Muhammad Asif Iqbal, Faheem Ahmed and Abdur Razzaq Khan

Keywords: Gharo creek, wind power projects, coastal birds, impacts of WPPs

Abstract: The present paper deals with the record of 76 species of birds from Bhambhor area which is in close proximity to the Wind Power Project Site in the Gharo (Coastal) Wind Corridor in Taluka Mirpur Sakro, district Thatta, Sindh. More than 11 types of habitats are available in the area supporting at least 10 Threatened/ Near-threatened species, mostly of waterbirds. Potential impacts on birds due to the operation of wind turbines have been mentioned which need to be mitigated during the construction and operational phase. At present, there are no serious threats to birds due to the developmental activities with regard to Wind Power Projects (WPPs) but as an immediate and necessary conservation initiative such as monitoring of bird populations visiting the area particularly in the migratory season is recommended on long term basis



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