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Stop the Serengeti Highway: Save the Serengeti in Tanzania

Geschreven op 22-9-2010 - Erik van Erne. Geplaatst in Dieren Facebooktwitterredditpinterestlinkedintumblrmail

Save The SerengetiIt’s the greatest threat in the Serengeti’s history — the government of Tanzania has approved a major commercial highway across the Serengeti National Park, in the direct path of ancient wildlife migration routes.

Such a highway would be devastating.

See also: National Geographic Great Migrations: They Move as Millions to Survive as One Premieres November 7th 2010 on National Geographic

Serengeti_map-263x300The government of Tanzania has approved a major commercial highway across the Serengeti National Park, linking the Lake area Victoria with eastern Tanzania. The decision was made public and reported in the Tanzanian press. This ill-conceived project changes all the rules, and would destroy the integrity of a priceless world heritage that has been protected by the people of Tanzania since the birth of their country. It would also cause grave danger to their entire tourist industry.

“A World Heritage Site in Danger: We sincerely believe that the road will have disastrous effects on the entire ecosystem. The northern parts of the Serengeti and the adjacent Masai Mara are critical for the wildebeest and zebra migration during the dry season, as it is the only permanent year-round water source for these herds. Recent calculations show that if wildebeest were to be cut off from these critical dry season areas, the population would likely decline from 1.3 million animals to about 200,000 (meaning a collapse to far less than a quarter of its current population and most likely the end of the great migration)”. The Frankfurt Zoological Society. Read entire article

The planned highway (in red on the map) will cut across a pristine and remote wilderness area of the Serengeti. It carves a swath across the migration path of millions of animals, shown by the colored arrows. This is not a track or a road — it’s a high speed highway for trucks that could eventually reach hundreds a day! Traffic will inevitably grow more and more frequent, invasive, and damaging as time goes on.
According to Tanzania’s own 10-year management plan, painstakingly developed in 2005 by scientists, Park officials, and conservation organizations, the area in the northwestern part of the Park is particularly sensitive. As shown on the map below, the area of the proposed highway cuts right through areas designated by the Management Plan as “Low Use” and “Wilderness” zones. The Low Use Zone “will have a lower number and density of visitors” and “more limited road network and lower bed capacity.”

A Threat to the Greatest Migration on Earth: The northern Serengeti is the most remote and pristine are in the entire ecosystem. Located near the Kenya border, it is the main route for the great wildebeest migration, and is also an important elephant migration area. Source: Save the Serengeti

3 Reacties

  1. Erik van Erne zegt:

    5 november 2010 om 11:28 | Permalink

    Snelweg dwars door natuurgebied Serengeti?

    Een snelweg dwars door een van de mooiste plekjes op aarde: de Oost-Afrikaanse Serengeti. Een ramp volgens tegenstanders. De massamigratie van meer dan 1,5 miljoen gnoes zou ernstig worden verstoord.

  2. Michel zegt:

    5 november 2010 om 19:08 | Permalink

    De ultieme geldbron van Tanzania (toerisme) inruilen voor een snelweg……
    stoppen die snelweg!!

  3. Matzy zegt:

    15 februari 2011 om 13:44 | Permalink

    19 maart INTERNATIONAL SERENGETI DAY.
    ”if we can’t save the Serengeti, what can we save?”
    stop the Serengeti highway
    NEDERLAND LET’S MAKE THE DIFFERENCE SAMEN OP 19 MAART TEGEN THE sERENGETI HIGHWAY!!

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