Construction of biggest hydropower generation plant inside the Selous Game Reserve in southern Tanzania had raised an alarm to wildlife conservationists fearing to see negative impacts on tourism development inside this biggest wildlife conserved area in Africa.
Conservation experts fear to see the mega-power generation plant at Stiegler’s Gorge in Selous Game Reserve to hamper conservation of wildlife and nature in this African biggest wildlife reserve, highly affected by elephant poachers.
They fear that the Stiegler’s Gorge hydropower generation plant would encourage industrial activities in northern parts of the Selous Game Reserve, famous for wildlife concentration in Africa.
German government through Frankfurt Zoological Society (FZS) and the WWF Fund for Nature are key donors to the conservation of Selous Game Reserve through anti-poaching and community outreach programmes.
The World Bank is the other international institution currently funding tourism development in Southern Tanzania.