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Incredible maps showing the complex socio-economic and environmental impacts of construction of New Mexico City International Airport (NAICM), aerotropolis and associated megaprojects that combine to form a gigantic 'Megalopolis' - evictions of communal landholders, pollution of farmland and water sources, destruction of hills, plundering of materials
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Bulacan Aerotropolis is by far the biggest infrastructure project approved by Philippines planning authority NEDA on 25th April. The proposed 2,500 hectare mega-airport with 6 runways and new metropolis in Manila Bay threatens to displace about 700 families in the coastal town of Taliptip and extensive land reclamation threatens many thousands more fishing livelihoods, and destruction of ecosystems. Areas of mangroves along the shoreline have already been cut in what is seen by some as preparation for construction works.
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Planned Bulacan Airport / Aerotropolis project in Manila Bay, is being aggressively pursued but residents of Taliptip village were not informed until recently. About 700 Taliptip families face loss of their homes and livelihood, and land reclamation would cement over fishing grounds used by thousands of fisherfolk.
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In The Philippines - a plan for a major airport and aerotropolis in Bulacan, Manila Bay is being opposed by Pamalakaya, a progressive fisherfolk alliance. Marine ecosystems would be destroyed by land reclamation and the megaproject threatens the livelihoods of about 20,000 fisherfolk. The plan is for a major airport on a 1,168 hectare site with an even larger 2,500 hectare area for the 'airport city'. The aerotropolis plan is one of five destructive land reclamation projects 'selling out fishing waters and coastal communities to foreign investors and giant developers' through President Duterte's Build, Build, Build (BBB) programme.
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5,000 farmers from 20 villages are being displaced for a cargo airport in Ogun State, Nigeria. Residents of Igbin-Ojo and seven other communities have protested over land-grabbing and community leaders have been threatened and intimidated. Crops have been bulldozed and people fear forcible eviction. A massive 'agro-cargo airport' for export of farm produce is planned, on an area described as 'thousands of hectares'.
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Another aerotropolis project has triggered major land disputes - Villagers in the Kandal District of Cambodia were shocked by the government's announcement of a plan for massive new $1.5bn airport (predominantly financed by China) and an adjoining 'Airport City' on 2,600 hectares of land. The megaproject has reignited one of Cambodia's fiercest land disputes and the villagers fear eviction. They say they have lived on and cultivated the land, mainly rice fields, for over two decades.
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In India - 3,500 families from 10 villages are being displaced for a new airport in Navi Mumbai. A mega airport with 60 million passengers per year is planned. The villagers have struggled for fair rehabilitation and resettlement for many years. Pre-construction work - hill levelling and diverting rivers - has begun on the site, a massive programme of earthworks. The site includes valuable biodiversity habitats - mudflats, forests and mangroves, supporting many species of birds
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GAAM presentation slides - 6th November at the Network meeting 'How to tackle aviation growth' organised by System Change Not Climate Change. The event was part of the People's Climate Summit, held in parallel with, the UN climate change conference COP23.
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New report: Airport Expansion in Indonesia: tourism, land struggles, economic zones and aerotropolis projects.
Published by TWN Third World Network and Global Anti-Aerotropolis Movement (GAAM)
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B8TWDptX4Qb7VG9Zc3hkcmhhRmM/view?usp=sharing
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Article on The Ecologist website about Sukamulya villagers' resistance to eviction from their homes and productive farmland for a massive airport project.
An aerotropolis is planned on yet more farmland adjoining the airport, taking the total project area to 50 square kilometres. The 12 year opposition to the megaproject, in West Java, Indonesia, is recognized as one of the country's key land rights struggles.
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