One of world's last great wildlife sanctuaries, the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania, would be destroyed by plans to build a highway through it, experts have warned. The proposed 31-mile two-lane commercial highway would lead to the "collapse" of the largest remaining mass-migration system on Earth, biologists say.
Kenya has started negotiations with Tanzania to stop plans to build a highway through the Serengeti National Park, a project that would disrupt the annual wildebeest migration. It is estimated that the road could also hurt Kenya's tourism goal of generating Sh200 billion by 2012.
Nairobi — The international green activists' campaign against construction of a highway in the Serengeti National Park has suffered a major blow - the head of state says the project will go on. This is despite recommendations by conservationists, who say the road should be routed through the southern end of the park, through Karatu-Meatu-Mugumu, instead of through the narrow northern part of the Serengeti.
Nairobi — Tanzania has vowed to go ahead with plans to construct a $480-million highway through the Serengeti National Park, despite worldwide protests from conservationist groups. Minister for Natural Resources and Tourism, Shamsa Mwangunga told The EastAfrican in Arusha that the proposed 480km highway through the heart of the wildebeest migration route is still on course.
Nairobi — The Tanzanian government's plan to build a road linking Arusha and Musoma is being opposed by wildlife advocates in the United States and other developed countries who warn that the route will disrupt the wildebeest migration and thus badly damage Tanzania's tourism-dependent economy.
A Facebook page posted under the heading "Stop the Serengeti Highway" has generated thousands of petition signatures in two weeks.
AWF has learned that the Government of Tanzania is again considering a proposal to construct a road across the Serengeti, one of the most famous National Parks on Earth. By cutting through the northern part of the park, the proposed road would sever a critical corridor for the annual migration of hundreds of thousands of wildebeests and zebra, which has been rightly called one of the 'greatest spectacles on earth'. AWF believes such a road would negatively impact conservation, wildlife and human security, and park revenues. Most importantly, the road would mar a national and global asset in which the rule of nature still predominates and the footprint of human activities is hardly visible.
According to articles in the local press and a statement from the Communications Officer of Tanzania National Parks, the Tanzanian Government is planning to build a commercial road cutting directly through the Serengeti wilderness, which completely bisects the path of the world famous annual wildebeest and zebra migration comprised of nearly 2 million animals. These wilderness areas are a critical habitat for endangered species like rhinos and wild dogs and with many sound reasons the Serengeti National Park Management Plan allows no commercial roads at all in this area.
Information received from Arusha indicates that the government has at last made a decision as to the exact route of the new proposed road from Arusha to Musoma, bringing bad news to conservation activists, who tried to prevent the new highway to cut right through the traditional migration routes in the Serengeti National Park.