No to the Military Base near the Aldabra Atoll
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The Aldabra Atoll is the Galapogas of the Indian Ocean. The group of islands is the second largest coral atoll in the world and is one of the last places on earth protected from human influence. The Aldabra Atoll is listed by UNESCO as world heritage and of great historical, scientific and environmental importance for the marine and fishing ecosystem.
The Seychelles government has agreed to allow India to build a military base on Assumption island only 20 kilometres away from the Aldabra Atoll. This agreement has been reached despite public unrest and daily protestsy by citizens against it.
The excessive shipping and aircraft activities including dredging, noise, waste and oil spills will disturb this pristine and unique ecosystem and will lead to it being lost forever.
This base is just too close to one of the world's most important landmarks and should not be built. It is hard to justify the risk of irreversible damage when there are numerous other alternatives available.
I seek public support and intervention by the World Bank to review funding support given to India and Seychelles to encourage them to reconsider alternative locations for the military base.
I suggest a hold and review on all financial assistance given to the said countries until a sensible outcome is achieved.
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