Cultural heritage has a lot to teach us about climate change; Cathy Daly, Jane Downes & William Megarry; The Conversation

While extreme weather conditions represent a considerable challenge globally, some communities have been living with (and adapting to) similar events for centuries.

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A Tanzania Travel Guide For The First Time Traveler; AFK Travel

Are you looking for a holiday destination that is more than R & R? Do you want adventure, excitement, and a little bit of the unknown? Then visit Tanzania – the country of game parks, safaris…

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Sun, stones and Zanzibar; Chandana Ghosg; Hindu Business Line

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Life is both slow and busy on this archipelago in the Indian Ocean…

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Keep loggers out of Selous Game Reserve!; Rainforest Rescue

Tanzania’s government is moving ahead with its plans for a hydroelectric dam in Selous Game Reserve. A huge swath of the UNESCO World Heritage site and habitat of iconic African wildlife would suffer irreparable damage. 1,500 km2 – an area the size of London – has just been opened to logging. Please help us protect Selous.

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These 18 Hotels Feature Breathtaking Views of UNESCO World Heritage Sites; Keith Flanagan; Architectural Digest

Many hotels cluster around these stunning destinations, but a select legion are close enough to capture them…

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The Bigger Hidden Cost Behind Tanzania’s $2B Hydropower Project; Kizito Makoye; Ozy

This project promises to solve the country’s energy woes. But it could wash away chunks of a prized wildlife reserve.

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Polish archaeologist discovers hundreds of rock paintings in Tanzania; Szymon Zdziebłowski; Science In Poland

Hundreds of rock paintings, the oldest of which can be even several thousand years old, have been discovered by a Polish archaeologist in the Swaga Swaga reserve in Tanzania. Among the most interesting paintings are images depicting meteors and comets.

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Will tourism save or destroy Zanzibar?; Vibeke Quaade; The East African

The extra pressure from increasing visitor numbers on resources is a significant threat.

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World Heritage status of Tanzania’s Selous park at risk; Erick Kabendera; The East African

Tanzania – Selous Game Reserve

Tanzania’s world renowned Selous Game Reserve could lose its status as a World Heritage Site following the government’s decision to set up the Stiegler’s Gorge power project in the park, a venture that involves logging and other anti-environment activities.

The EastAfrican has learnt that the issue of the power project inside the game reserve is on the agenda of the 42nd session of the World Heritage Committee — the organ that decides on the inscription or deletion of properties on the List of World Heritage in Danger — to be held in Manama, Bahrain, later this month.

Richard Lo Giudice, programme specialist at the Unesco World Heritage Centre, told The EastAfrican that the 2,100MW project will be discussed at the forum, and then Unesco will give its verdict.

“This matter will be brought to the attention of the World Heritage Committee during its 42nd session in Manama from June 24 to July 4, when it examines the state of conservation of Selous Game Reserve,” Mr Giudice said in an e-mail response to The EastAfrican.

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Block Destruction of Protected Wildlife Reserve; Bethann Parmelee; Force Change

Tanzania – Selous Game Reserve

Target: Akinwumi Adesina, President of African Development Bank

Goal: Stop construction of enormous hydrodam in Selous Wildlife Reserve that could irreparably harm the habitats of many protected species.

A proposed hydrodam project in Tanzania is threatening the habitat of many endangered species. The dam is proposed to be constructed in the Selous Wildlife Reserve, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the largest protected wild areas in Africa. A large number of protected animals could be lost, including elephants, endangered African wild dogs, and the critically endangered black rhinoceros.

The dam is proposed to be constructed in the Rufiji River starting in July. The 430-foot tall, 2,300-foot wide dam would provide 2,100 megawatts of electricity to Tanzania and create a 463-square-mile lake, covering much of the area where the protected animals congregate during the dry season, according to scientists. Over 2.6 million trees would need to be felled to make way for the project. It is estimated that the damming of the river would impact approximately 200,000 farmers and fishermen downstream, by shutting off water and nutrients to farms and fisheries.

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