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To Save the Serengeti Introduction

November 29, 2010 1 comment

In June of 2010, news that Tanzania (TZ) was planning the construction of a 50 km (30 mile) road through the Serengeti National Park (Senapa) was a contradiction to their recognition as a top international conservation authority by many organizations such as the World Wildlife Fund, IUCN, and UNESCO. As I’ve been following this story’s development I’ve been learning of the positive and negative aspects of this road’s construction plus weighing each side. So I’ve decided to dissect the issues being addressed into five parts:

I. Benefits of the Senapa road

II. Costs of the Senapa road

III. Senapa alternatives

IV. Questions/Concerns

V. Why do I care?

By taking more than a courtesy look at the Senapa construction, I hope to present a case which reveals how the read would be harmful to the Serengeti ecosystem and citizen livelihoods in a reasonable manner without claiming gloom and doom; only potentially irreversible damage. =)

It helps to know that the word Serengeti is devolved from the Maasai word Siringet which means a vast land that runs forever or (my preferred description) “endless plains where the land meets the sky(UNC)” It is one of the largest national parks in Tanzania and the oldest (Official TZ Parks). Furthermore, TZ is home to the big 5: the lion, elephant, rhino, water buffalo and leopard. Every year hundreds of thousands of wildebeest accomapanied by eland, zebra, Thomson’s gazelle, and a host of predators engage in the greatest terrestrial migration able to be witnessed. The Senapa was recognized as a world heritage site as well by UNESCO for its unique cultural values.

Surrounding the Senapa are several communities which is the reason the proposed road has surfaced to connect these estranged communities to larger ones via the 2004 promise campaign promise by President Jakaya Kikwete and construction is designed to begin in 2010. With these facts in mind stay tuned for the benefits of the Serengeti National Park road construction.

 

->Benefits of the Senapa Road

allAfrica.com: Tanzania: Serengeti Highway to Go Ahead – President

August 16, 2010 Leave a comment

This is a shame.  So much so that I am speechless.

allAfrica.com: Tanzania: Serengeti Highway to Go Ahead – President.

The RSPB: Campaign with us: The Serengeti highway must be stopped now

August 2, 2010 Leave a comment

Seriously, TZ? How do you think a road is going to increase revenue just by providing transport from one country to the next? East Africa benefits greatly from tourism and such a road would affect Kenya and, no doubt, Uganda similarly. Having spent time in Kenya recently for two months I’d heard of the human-wildlife conflicts due to roadkills along their major highway from Nairobi to Nakuru and at least one had occurred while I was present. The number of roadkills (from my observations) have been stemmed because of the fences marking Soysambu Conservancy where many wildlife species reside and attempt to cross into. Will this proposed road have a fence lining it for the many miles it will span the Serengeti? How will Tanzania, who seems to be heading this road project, address poaching? How do they plan to address the biological backlash that is bound to occur because of this road? Roads don’t just appear by waving your hand. It requires tools, large equipment, people and noise. So many months it will take for such a road to nigh completion but what of the environmental ramifications such as erosion, and litter? How will Tanzania alter current management efforts in the Serengeti to prevent environmental degradation or rather spearhead restoration efforts? Perhaps, restoration shouldn’t even be a world that is uttered because I wonder can anything that has an active road passing through it and will be heavily transited even possible to restore….Sorry, Tanzania but this is one piece of “nice tasting” candy that you shouldn’t be trying to chew.

The RSPB: Campaign with us: The Serengeti highway must be stopped now.