Seanad debates

Wednesday, 2 February 2005

Tsunami Disaster: Statements.


12:00 pm

Mary Henry (Independent)

No one would want that idea to become accepted. I would prefer it if we could try to get back to our original aim. When the reconstruction of tourist resorts takes place, could we remind those involved that the destruction of the ecosystem in parts of Thailand where tourist resorts are built may have contributed to the devastation in such areas? Mangrove swamps have been completely removed from the coastline to improve the beaches, for example. Burma may have been protected by its retention of mangrove swamps. The Minister of State should ask his officials, when they are giving advice about redevelopment, to remind those involved in reconstruction of the value of the ecosystems in those areas for their own protection.


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