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RSPB - Stop the Serengeti Highway Campaign

Post  Safari Maiden on Wed Sep 22, 2010 1:18 pm

Found this on the RSPB website with what you can do to help their campaign:

For full details go to RSPB Website Here

How you can help

Please support our campaign by e-mailing or writing to the Tanzanian Minister for Natural Resources and Tourism to make clear that you strongly object to this proposed highway and insist that the suggested alternative route is used instead.

You may like to include one or more of the points listed below:

* Remind the Tanzanian Government about the ecological importance of the site and the international commitments they have signed up to (World Heritage, Convention on Biological Diversity).
* The Tanzanian Government must provide assurances that the Environmental Impact Assessment process is participatory and it will ensure all stakeholders (locally, regionally and internationally) can input to the process.
* The Tanzanian Government must consider the proposed alternative route that follows the southern perimeter of the National Park, thereby avoiding bisecting the park and the devastating effects this will have on the park’s precious wildlife.

Please e-mail your response as soon as possible to: minister@mnrt.go.tz Alternatively, you can post your letter to: Hon. Ms. Shamsa Salekea Mwangunga (MP) Minister for Natural Resources and Tourism, Mpingo House along Nyerere Road, P.O. Box 9372, DAR ES SALAAM, TANZANIA. Airmail postage to Tanzania costs 97p.

Please send copies of your e-mails or letters, and any replies to: Martin Abrams, Serengeti Highway Campaign, FREEPOST ANG6335, The RSPB, UK Headquarters, The Lodge, Sandy, Bedfordshire SG19 2BR. Alternatively, e-mail: campaigns@rspb.org.uk. This will help us to monitor the progress of our campaign.

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Post  Laikipia on Wed Sep 22, 2010 1:34 pm

Thanks SM - i've been following on FB and there are lots of good letters and petitions going round - and heaps of media interest.

The more this can be shared/spread around the better.

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Re: Stop the Serengetti Highway

Post  whitestarling on Wed Sep 22, 2010 9:03 pm

I agree the more pressure we can put on the better, and at least this is one petition from the UK. The more Countries sending their own petitons may make Tanzanier think of the tourist impact
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Re: Stop the Serengetti Highway

Post  whitestarling on Fri Dec 10, 2010 1:20 pm

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Re: Stop the Serengetti Highway

Post  Laikipia on Fri Dec 10, 2010 2:41 pm

Thanks WS - I am following this every day - it's getting a lot of coverage.

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Post  whitestarling on Wed Dec 22, 2010 1:30 pm

Seasons Greetings, and News from Serengeti Watch


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Post  Laikipia on Wed Dec 22, 2010 2:55 pm

Thanks for posting WS - you're quick today!

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Re: Stop the Serengetti Highway

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Re: Stop the Serengetti Highway

Post  Laikipia on Sat Jan 29, 2011 8:16 am

Yesterday was a busy day on FB with news on this proposed road - seems one minute there was some hope and today not.

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Re: Stop the Serengetti Highway

Post  littlewid on Sat Jan 29, 2011 10:05 pm

That article was a bit good and bad as well Lai, the end looked more positive but then you say the news on FB is not so good. This remains such a worry for all those animals doesn't it. I don't tend to get on FB so any updates that can be posted on here will be brilliant.

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Re: Stop the Serengetti Highway

Post  Laikipia on Sun Jan 30, 2011 8:18 am

From the Daily News - 30th January

http://dailynews.co.tz/home/?n=16769

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Re: Stop the Serengetti Highway

Post  whitestarling on Sun Jan 30, 2011 11:25 am

Thanks Lai that makes interesting reading, if what the President of Tanzania is true, and based on actual plans. I wonder why his Government, have not publised it more to counter act the impression everyone has of the plans to go through the Park. However if it is still being built just outside the Park boundary it seems to me that it will still seriously affect migration routes
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Re: Stop the Serengetti Highway

Post  whitestarling on Sun Jan 30, 2011 10:40 pm

It gets more confusing confused scratch


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Re: Stop the Serengetti Highway

Post  Laikipia on Mon Jan 31, 2011 8:58 am

That's the problem WS - one minute it seems like good news and the next bad news. I feel sure the road will be built despite the efforts and objections. Once a Government has made up its mind very little will change it No

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Re: Stop the Serengetti Highway

Post  Doogs on Mon Jan 31, 2011 2:27 pm

I got this through today . . . .

LATEST: Tanzania Moving ahead with the Serengeti Road
This is a press release from the Tanzanian Government indicating that they are still going ahead with the road based on reasons they have stated to the World Bank.

With this determination by both the government and conservationists on their positions are there any suggestions for a compromise? A diplomatic approach to this may be the way to eventually go otherwise Serengeti will loose.

What are the alternative compromises on the positions taken by The Tanzanian government and us... the conservationists? Change of the road architecture, a different way to approach the Tanzanian government to reconsider alternatives?

PRESS RELEASE

Director of Presidential Communication, Tanzania

The Government has reiterated its position on the planned tarmac highway around the Serengeti National Park to ease transport problems facing poor communities surrounding the Park, saying it will still go ahead and build the road.

However, contrary to what groups lobbying against the planned highway have been claming, the Government insists the highway will not be built through the Serengeti, which has been aclaimed internationally as the World Heritage Site.

The Government position was articulated yesterday (Thursday, January 27, 2011) by the President of the United Republic of Tanzania, His Excellency Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete during his bilateral talks with the Managing Director of the World Bank, Ms. Ngozi Ikonjo-Iweala at the margins of the World Economic Forum (WEF), which both the President and Mrs.Ikonjo-Iweala are attending in Davos.

“Contrarary to what some people are saying, and to the rumours being circulated everywhere, my Government has never decided to build a tarmac road through the Serengeti,” President Kikwete told Ms Ikonjo-Iweala.

President Kikwete told the World Bank Managing Director that the Government plan seeks to severely reduce the length of the current road passing through the Serengenti National Park.

He said that currently a 220-kilometre unpaved road was running through the Serengeti and that the Government want to reduce it to only 54 kilometres that will pass through the National Park and those 54 kilometers will remain unpaved.

“Currently, 220 kilometres of road are passing through Serengeti National Park, right in the middle of the Park. And there is huge traffic crossing the park with large lorries and huge buses. We are unhappy with this situation. We want to reduce the length of road going through the Serengenti to only 54 kilometres passing mainly through the northern tip of the Park,” said President Kikwete.

He added: “This planned highway will meet three major objectives. One, is to reduce the flow of traffic passing the Park. Second, is to reduce the length of the road running through the Serengeti and third is to empower those poor communities living just outside the Serengeti to have a reliable road going through their area.”

“Some of the accusations against the Tanzania Government on this issue are quite absurd. People sit in Dar es Salaam and listen to all these people and institutions which are paid to say bad things about the Government, said the President and added:

“ Tanzania has the most impacable record in conservation in the world. About 20 per cent of our land has been under conservation since our independence in 1961. We are a leading nation in conservation in the world. How, then can we make decisions that would destroy the Serengeti? We would be the last people to destroy the Serengeti.”

President Kikwete has advised those who are interested in getting accurate facts about Government plans on the road supporting poor communities surrounding the Serengeti National Party to talk to the right people.

“We have a responsibility to our people. They need a road and we will deliver it to them while fully preserving our beloved Serengeti National Park,” said President Kikwete in relation to the long-running campaign against this road mainly by non-governmental organisations (NGO’s) and some conservation groups.

DIRECTORATE OF PRESIDENTIAL COMMUNICATIONS:
UNITED REPUBLIC OF TANZANIA


Lai - I couldn't open the link you posted yesterday so I hope this isn't the same, apologies if it is
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Post  Laikipia on Mon Jan 31, 2011 2:41 pm

It is Doogs - but thanks for posting it, it's coming through thick and fast via various links so good to be able to read it.

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Justice for Tanzania means no Serengeti highway

Post  Laikipia on Mon Jan 31, 2011 3:22 pm

Another petition to save the Serengeti - please sign

https://www.change.org/petitions/justice-for-tanzania-means-no-serengeti-highway

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Post  Doogs on Mon Jan 31, 2011 3:36 pm

Thanks Lai, done
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Post  Laikipia on Mon Jan 31, 2011 5:01 pm

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Re: Stop the Serengetti Highway

Post  whitestarling on Mon Jan 31, 2011 5:28 pm

Been, and gone, and done it
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Post  Laikipia on Wed Feb 02, 2011 9:27 am

Thanks WS - news for today from Dailynews - online


Wednesday February 02, 2011
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Arusha-Musoma proposed highway ready to roll

From MARC NKWAME in Arusha, 30th January 2011 @ 13:00, Total Comments: 0, Hits: 484

A FEASIBILITY study for the proposed construction of the Arusha-Musoma highway has been completed and the project can now be executed once the necessary funds are available.

The Regional manager for the Tanzania National Roads Agency (Tanroads), Mr Desdedit Kakoko, revealed here that the consultancy firms which undertook the preliminary study have already submitted their reports.

‘’The task was conducted by Ms Kyong-Dong of Korea and a local firm, Ms Ambicon,’’ said Mr Kakoko.

The proposed 500 kilometre road has been mapped from Mto-wa-Mbu section of Monduli District, through Engaruka ward to Engaresero via Lake Natron shores to Wasso and Loliondo then Kleins Corner in Serengeti Park, to Mugumu town and finally to Musoma.

The project was scheduled to start early in 2012 despite on-going global protests from environmental groups that are expressing concern that channeling commercial traffic flow into Tanzania’s flagship National Park would annihilate wildlife species.

Authorities here, however, have assured that the second feasibility study had taken into consideration all concerns and the project will be as environment friendly as possible thus green activists need not worry.

Speaking at the Regional Road Board Committee last week the Arusha Regional Commissioner, Mr Isidori Shirima, said government leaders from the two regions of Arusha and Mara, with District Commissioners for Monduli, Ngorongoro and Serengeti had also met with the Tanzania National Parks (TANAPA) officials and addressed the matter to satisfactory conclusion.

‘’These were mostly pressure groups and green activists who were concerned with negative environment impacts that the road might cause, but the latest feasibility studies have taken into consideration such issues and even TANAPA who were earlier on worried of the project’s adverse effect on wildlife have now given it a green light,’’ stated the Regional
Commissioner.

The Monduli District Commissioner, Mr Jowika Wilson Kasunga underscored the importance of the corridor saying the areas’ development highly depended on the
proposed Arusha-Natron-Musoma road which should have already been underway were it not for some opposing forces with ‘personal interests!’

‘’It is high time we started steering the course of our own destination because foreign groups only act to serve their own interests. It is us who should know what is good for us,’’ stated Mr Kasunga.

It is the Kleins corner junction of Serengeti National Park which is worrying activists as it’s an animal passage mostly favoured by elephants. The activists say that once the road cuts through, lives of jumbos and other animals would be placed in danger due to passing trucks and buses.

Green activists were also not sure if it was a good idea to have heavy construction works taking placed in wildlife reserved areas. They have also been concerned with heavy traffic passing through Serengeti and parts of Ngorongoro wilderness.




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Post  whitestarling on Wed Feb 02, 2011 12:13 pm

Thanks Lai
This bit worries me "the project will be as environment friendly as possible". How possible is it?

This is a stupid comment "opposing forces with ‘personal interests". When they have already said that opposition is coming from environmental groups. Environmental people only have the interest of the environment in mind, unless he means they are personaly interested in the inviroment.

"It is us who should know what is good for us,’’ stated Mr Kasunga. Is'nt that a statement of personal interest that doe'snt take into account, the wider impact on nature, and habitat, and the affect it will have on wildlife

I fear they are determined to go ahead with the road no matter what
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Post  Laikipia on Wed Feb 02, 2011 1:34 pm

The sad thing is WS that you are 100% right Sad I totally agree No

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Post  Laikipia on Thu Feb 03, 2011 1:24 pm

For anyone who hasn't already signed, and would like to, here is a link to the petition site

http://www.change.org/petitions/find_fund_an_alternative_to_the_serengeti_highway

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Post  Safari Maiden on Thu Feb 03, 2011 8:42 pm

Thanks for bumping this up Lai.

Signed the Petition.

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