Ms. Myra MacDonald speaking during EFSAS Side-event on the sidelines of the 52nd Session of the UNHRC
Ms. MacDonald contended that one key development challenge is how to produce electricity for marginalized communities in developing economies. The Diamer-Bhasha Dam in Gilgit-Baltistan is likely to displace more than 30,000 locals, destroy cultural heritage in the region, and erode biodiversity. As such, the positive development effects of the dam have been called into question. Gilgit-Baltistan is also home to some of the largest glaciers in the world and massive infrastructure development will likely reshape the regional ecology in unpredictable ways, leading to flash floods and landslides in an already earthquake-prone region.
Ms. Myra MacDonald (Former journalist and Reuters Bureau Chief for India) speaking during EFSAS Side-event on the sidelines of the 52nd Session of UNHRC