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This important posting is copied from from:

http://ukcaving.com/board/index.php?topic=15618.msg204148;topicseen#msg204148

"Lafarge Malaysian Plans:

http://www.lafarge.com.my/wps/portal/my/7_3-PressCoverage_Detail?WCM_GLOBAL_CONTEXT=/wps/wcm/connectlib_my/Site_my/AllPressCoverage/PressCoverage_1376540644042_14Aug13/PC

And of course their environmental policy makes their intentions impossible. "We are committed to the protection of the environment, human health and well being, to the mitigation of climate change and the conservation of nature.
 
Our objective is to ensure the continued improvement of our environmental performance. We aim to use energy and natural resources more efficiently, minimise the production of waste, harmful air emissions, and water discharges while seeking ways to preserve heritage, landscape and biological diversity."

more at http://www.lafarge.com.my/wps/portal/my/6_10-Environmental_Policy

"Lafarge, an international cement company, is considering quarrying Kanthan Cave in Malaysia. The Kanthan Cave trapdoor spider, recently designated as Critically Endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature Red List, can only be found in this cave. (...)

The cave itself has its own unique ecosystem, which contains many rare organisms. Liz Price, an expert on caves of Malaysia, states that “most people are not concerned about cave-dwelling animals,” primarily because they are not very appealing. For example, the cave contains many spiders, snails, snakes, and millipedes. Yet, if we do not attempt to protect these endemic species, they may become extinct."

Sign the petition here:

http://forcechange.com/70409/dont-destroy-vital-cave-system/comment-page-1/
« Siste redigering: 19.09.2013 21:53 av Rolf »
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"Lafarge, an international cement company, is considering quarrying Kanthan Cave in Malaysia. The Kanthan Cave trapdoor spider, recently designated as Critically Endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature Red List, can only be found in this cave. (...)


"This species is known from a single cave situated in a limestone hill named Gunung Kanthan, at 4°45.685'N, 101°07.322'E, Perak State, Malaysia.  A survey in 2001 showed that the cave was 435 m long (see Figure 1 in the attached PDF). The cave is up to about 40 m high. A large entrance, rather high up the hill, slopes down into a more constricted passage leading into a large chamber with an opening overhead. The chamber gradually becomes smaller and leads to an exit. A meandering stream has cut into the cave floor, but the water appears to be stagnant. In this cave, all the specimens are found in nests on the cave walls (...)"

"The major threat is the limestone quarrying of the site by Lafarge Malaya planned for 2013 (Price 2012) which has already eliminated the northern two-thirds of what was once a two-peaked hill. The southern part of the hill is the part with the cave and it is within their permitted concession. Press reports in 2013 indicated that Lafarge Malaya would start quarrying the hill in June 2013 but the company headquarters said that it is unlikely to start for up to 18 months (i.e. early 2015.). Given that the extent of small fissures is unknown, not only is the actual extent of this spider within the cave system unknown but also the risks of the humidity, air flow and light within the cave cannot be estimated and so the impacts of even a single blasting of the external rock cannot be assessed – but is likely to be disastrous."

More:

http://www.iucnredlist.org/details/46534481/0


"The Kanthan Cave Trapdoor Spider has managed to survive since at least the Carboniferous period some 350 million years ago, but is now severely threatened by limestone quarrying which has already eliminated most of the hill. Not only is the extent of this spider within the cave system unknown, but also any risks of changes in humidity, air flow and light within the cave cannot be estimated.

The impacts of even a single blasting of the external rock cannot be assessed – but are likely to be disastrous. Liphistius spiders receive some protection under the 2012 amendment to the Malaysian Wildlife Conservation Bill but so far this has not influenced the quarry plans. The most effective feasible action is the protection of this last, unquarried section of Gunung Kanthan and/or the legal protection of the species."

http://npss.org.sg/forum/viewtopic.php?f=10&t=12160
"When I try to imagine a faultless love
Or the life to come, what I hear is the murmur
Of underground streams, what I see is a limestone landscape."
W.H. Auden, "In Praise of Limestone"

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Nyheten er nå også fanget opp av cavingnews.com :

"Gua Kanthan in Perak, Malaysia, is a spectacular cave, nicknamed Cathedral Cave because of its size. It has a small river flowing through and is home to a variety of cave fauna.

The cave is in a hill of the same name, Gunung Kanthan, and is the northernmost limestone hill in the Kinta Valley. The Kinta Valley surrounds Ipoh and is roughly 40 km (24 miles) long and has many limestone hills.
Gunung Kanthan is already being quarried by Lafarge. But now the southern part where Gua Kanthan is located is also in danger of being quarried.

Gua Kanthan is home to an endemic trapdoor spider, Liphistius kanthan, that is found no where else in the world. It is on the IUCN Red List as “critically endangered”. It is also included on the Malaysian Wildlife Conservation Bill (2012 amendment) as a protected species. There are bat colonies and the associated invertebrates, water creatures and the cave racer snake."

More:

http://cavingnews.com/20130920-spectacular-malaysian-cave-gunung-kanthan-danger-quarried
"When I try to imagine a faultless love
Or the life to come, what I hear is the murmur
Of underground streams, what I see is a limestone landscape."
W.H. Auden, "In Praise of Limestone"

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Litt mer om: Gua Kanthan (fra 2005)

"Gua Kanthan is at the northern tip of the Kinta Valley; very few people know the entrance to this impressive cave, which is 'concealed' in a hidden wang. It is a spectacular cave with volumous chambers. Used as the hideout for more than 300 war refugees in 1942, it has a 60-metre high chamber, which features karst formations resembling a pipe organ. The chambers are skylighted, as two shafts of sunray penetrate the cave at about noon, offering a uplifting experience, like in a cathedral; hence its pet name."

http://www.mykarst.org/uploads/Newsletters/Q3.pdf

og mer om Liphistius kanthan:

http://digitallibrary.amnh.org/dspace/bitstream/handle/2246/3614/N3209.pdf?sequence=1
"When I try to imagine a faultless love
Or the life to come, what I hear is the murmur
Of underground streams, what I see is a limestone landscape."
W.H. Auden, "In Praise of Limestone"