March 27 2011
|Search The Virtual Library:|
Tuesday, 11 January 2011
By Zephania Ubwani
The Citizen Bureau Chief
Said he: “The killing of wild animals for their trophies is now carried out for commercial interests, with elephant tusks being smuggled through neighbouring countries.”
SAVE THE SERENGETI
The Serengeti National Park in Tanzania, Africa, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a natural wonder of the world. The Serengeti is now in grave danger. The Tanzanian government has approved a highly controversial measure to build a highway that cuts through the migration corridor for millions of wildebeest and zebra. This highway will likely mean the ultimate destruction of the migration, the wildlife, the villages that depend on the tourist trade, and a delicate ecosystem that keeps our planet in balance.
See a clip of the migration in the video below, and an interview with African Wildlife Foundation CEO Patrick Bergin, Ph.D., in which he explains why and how the proposed highway can be rerouted.
See Save the Serengeti for information on how you can help!
Map showing proposed northern route (red)
and the alternate southern route (green)
PLEASE WRITE to your Tanzanian Ambassador now!
The Wrong Road
August 30, 2010
In late July, President Jakaya Kikwete of Tanzania announced that his government intended to go ahead in 2012 with plans to build a highway running from Arusha in north-central Tanzania to Musoma on Lake Victoria. No one disputes the economic value of developing highways and other public works in Tanzania. But this planned highway includes a potentially tragic pitfall: it cuts straight through the heart of the northern Serengeti, one of the greatest national parks on the planet.
Controversy over Serengeti Road Plan Deepens
By Paul Wafula (email the author)
OCTOBER 7, 2010
Controversy over the construction of a two-lane road through the Serengeti National Park has deepened after Kenya and Tanzania issued conflicting statements on the status of the project.
RESPONSE FROM JANE GOODALL TO CITIZEN PROTEST OF HER GLOBAL AWARD TO PRESIDENT KIKWETE OF TANZANIA. LETTER SENT TO DAVE BLANTON OF SAVE THE SERENGETI HIGHWAY.
September 30, 2010
Dear Mr. Blanton,
Thank you for contacting the Jane Goodall Institute and sharing your views regarding Tanzanian President Kikwete and the proposed road through Serengeti National Park.
The Jane Goodall Institute and I share your concerns about this proposal. When I decided last year to honor President Kikwete with a Jane Goodall Global Leadership Award, I wanted to recognize his strong environmental record up to that point. He had supported the banning of plastic bags in his country. He had worked with the Tanzanian government to ensure that his country participated in international conservation agreements including those that protect endangered species such as chimpanzees. He had taken action to protect watersheds and streambeds—at his own political peril. These actions combined represented far more than many African leaders had ever done while in office, which is why in August 2009 I asked if he could accept the award in Dar es Salaam in July 2010.
I was therefore saddened and surprised to hear that President Kikwete recently confirmed his support for the proposed road through the Serengeti National Park. This is in spite of the fact that some 27 respected scientists and conservationists expressed their distress over this proposal in an article in the journal Nature on 16 September 2010. The proposal is also opposed by conservation organizations that have partnered with the government of Tanzania for decades to preserve the natural heritage of the Tanzanian people.
I have spent much of my life in Tanzania, and I understand President Kikwete’s desire to help his people develop a prosperous economy. But President Kikwete has told me personally that he wants to be remembered as the president who protects what is left and restores what is gone. In light of this and the award I have already presented, I have contacted him personally and asked him to reconsider his decision about the proposed road.
If the President’s support for the optional southern route is constrained by available financing, I would be prepared to partner with many of my fellow concerned scientists and citizen conservationists around the globe to approach donor institutions for the necessary capital and technical support. With so much at stake, we could provide a dedicated community of support to help save the Serengeti.
Jane Goodall, Ph.D., DBE
Founder, the Jane Goodall Institute
& UN Messenger of Peace