Categories · Threats
The construction of hydroelectric plants is seen as an obvious choice for providing clean, low cost electricity, however, they can have a very negative impact on the environment which has included many conifer habitats around the world. Habitat loss can be by inundation of an area or indirect by the loss of downstream habitats through changes in water levels.
It is estimated that 15% of the habitat of Lagarostrobos franklinii in Tasmania has been lost through flooding for hydroelectric schemes in the past 100 years. More recently a newly discovered stand of Glyptostrobos pensilis in Lao PDR has been flooded as a result of a newly completed hydro-scheme. Populations of Prumnopitys andina, which often grow on the margins of fast-flowing rivers in Chile, are now under serious threat from a new generation of hydroelectric schemes being developed. In the 1960s several stands of Neocallitropsis pancheri were destroyed due to flooding from the Yat̩ dam in southern New Caledonia.
There are 7 taxa in the category – Energy production and Infrastructure development, Hydroelectric schemes:
Poorly known species endemic to India where threats include forest clearance for agriculture, logging, firewood collection and infrastructure development… Read full species entry >
One of four species of Dacrydium endemic to New Caledonia where it has an extremely restricted distribution and is Critically Endangered due to fire, tourism and flooding.… Read full species entry >
Wild populations are only known to occur in small fragmented stands in Lao PDR and Việt Nam. Once widespread in southeast China, centuries of agricultural expansion have resulted in the loss of probably all natural populations in that area. Current threats include habitat conversion, swamp drainage and illegal logging. … Read full species entry >
Although widely distributed in southern China, Lao PDR and Việt Nam, natural populations have undergone a significant decline mainly due to the conversion of its habitat for agriculture and logging. … Read full species entry >
A genus with a single species which is endemic to New Caledonia where it is endangered due to fire and mining… Read full species entry >
Native to China, Myanmar, Thailand and Indo China. Its is threatened as a result of logging, resin exctraction and hydroelectric schemes.
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