Conservationists have condemned poaching within the Virunga Massif, and called for measures to track down poachers and increase patrols to avoid such threats to the endangered mountain gorillas. According to the conservationists, park rangers in the Greater Virunga Landscape discovered carcasses of a mountain gorilla killed by a poacher's snare and an elephant within the first few days of February.
Rising incidents of poaching within the Greater Virunga Landscape has triggered fears among the countries sharing the ecosystem that is home to the Mountain Gorilla. The follows two grisly discoveries within the first few days of February, where park rangers within the Greater Virunga Landscape discovered the bodies of a mountain gorilla killed by a poacher's snare as well as that of an elephant.
Tanzania and Uganda have agreed that a proposed joint commercial rail track from Tanga to Arusha and Musoma and onward to Kampala, would not cut through the Serengeti national park, ending 12-months of speculation.
As it stands now, the $1.9 billion railway line to link Tanga port and the Lake Victoria side dock of Port Bell close to Kampala via Musoma port, would route nearly 100 km south of the Serengeti to protect the ecosystem.
In what is a victory for environmentalists, scientists, tourism, and the largest land migration on Earth, the Tanzanian government has cancelled a commercial road that would have cut through the northern portion of the Serengeti National Park. According to scientists the road would have severed the migration route of 1.5 million wildebeest and a half million other antelope and zebra, in turn impacting the entire ecosystem of the Serengeti plains.
Nairobi — The Obama administration is urging the Tanzanian government to reconsider plans to build a road through the Serengeti wildlife reserve that environmentalists say will threaten the wildebeest migration into Kenya. Johnnie Carson, the top US diplomat for Africa, told reporters last week that he raised concerns about the road in meetings with Tanzanian officials in April. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton may raise the issue again when she holds scheduled talks later this month in Tanzania with President Jakaya Kikwete, Mr Carson added.
Villagers surrounding the Serengeti National Park have called on the government to remove the park from the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (Unesco) World Heritage list. Speaking to The Citizen, the chairman of Ikoma Robanda Village, Mr Mrobanda Japani, said since its listing 30 years ago there is nothing significant in development those surrounding the park can show contrary to the world heritage objectives.
Nairobi — Pressure is growing on the Tanzanian government to accept a compromise over the proposal for a controversial highway through the Serengeti National park. The road pledge was a key campaign promise by President Jakaya Kikwete in the 2005 election but it has provoked fury from conservationists around the world.
The great herds of wildebeest are stirring again after the calving season in the low-grass plains between the Serengeti and Ngorongoro. The young wildebeest are now strong enough on their four feet to follow their mothers, as the age old trek in search of pastures once again begins. This migration has been happening in times of plenty and times of little for generations upon generations.
It was reported overnight that Tanzanian President Kikwete demanded the fast tracking of a proposed soda ash extraction plant at Lake Natron, when visiting the Ministry of Industry and Trade. This confirms a long-harbored and long-suggested suspicion that the construction of the equally-controversial highway through the Serengeti is primarily motivated and driven by industrial and mining considerations. The Tanzania government has been saying that the highway is "in the interest of the people." Perhaps the public did not realize that the government meant just a few of the poeple.
A network of local civil society organisations yesterday filed a fresh petition against the government's intention to construct a highway across the Serengeti National Park.Mazingira Network (Manet) said the proposed highway would compromise the ecological integrity of the park which is also an important world heritage site.
Human Polar bear in showdown with oil giant. Internationally renowned Human "Polar Bear" arctic swimmer, Lewis Pugh will deliver a strongly worded statement in opposition to Shell's plans to mine for gas in the Karoo at a public meeting in Cape Town on Friday. Hundreds of people opposed to shale gas mining in the Karoo by Shell and other petroleum and gas companies are expected to voice their opposition to what they say will be the destruction of the region, at the public meeting on Friday.
Dar es Salaam. The opposition to the road planned through the northern part of Serengeti National Park took a new dimension yesterday with organisations holding various activities all over the world against the project.
The controversy surrounding the proposed tarmac road across the Serengeti National Park, took a new turn yesterday when Tanzanian tour operators strongly opposed it. The Tanzania Association of Tour Operators (TATO), a powerful lobby group for tour companies, said the road would impact negatively on the tourism industry. ATTA, which has been active in distributing concerns on this matter for months, pledged to "support any action to find a workable solution to avoid the senseless desecration of this famous National Park."
A leading US environmental expert has warned that Tanzania's resolve to build the northern road through the Serengeti National Park (Senapa) could deny the country substantial foreign aid. The warning comes against the backdrop of plans by the government to construct a road through Senapa which conservationists say could spell doom to wildlife conservation efforts in Tanzania.
THE German government has accepted to finance construction of tarmac roads that will link dozens of rural villages adjacent to the Serengeti National Park (SENAPA). This goes in line with construction of tarmac roads that will link the district headquarters with the cities of Arusha and Mwanza as well as Musoma municipality.