Africa’s ‘last great wilderness’ in jeopardy as autocratic president plans mega-dam that could bankrupt Tanzania; Adrian Blomfield; Telegraph

It is arguably the Empire’s greatest legacy to conservation, the outrageous vision of a British poacher-turned-naturalist whose misanthropic cussedness would shape Africa’s largest wildlife sanctuary.

Source: Africa’s ‘last great wilderness’ in jeopardy as autocratic president plans mega-dam that could bankrupt Tanzania

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WWF response to CRDB Bank and United Bank for Africa’s support of Stie; WWF

Source: WWF response to CRDB Bank and United Bank for Africa’s support of Stie

Beyond Jane Goodall’s Tanzania To A Lesser Known UNESCO World Heritage Site; Grace Banks; Forbes

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It’s rare to get a solitary safari experience nowadays. Those who love the bumpy but dreamy 5am safari game drive through the desert.

Source: Beyond Jane Goodall’s Tanzania To A Lesser Known UNESCO World Heritage Site

Tanzania To Build Massive $3B Hydro Dam; Africanglobe.net

Tanzania on Wednesday signed a $3 billion agreement with two Egyptian companies to construct a huge hydroelectric plant in a game reserve that is a World…

Source: Tanzania To Build Massive $3B Hydro Dam • Africanglobe.net

‘Selous Game Reserve dam rooted in geopolitics over Nile’; Rajat Ghai; Down To Earth

Conservationist says deal between Tanzania and two Egyptian firms to build a $3 billion dam on the Rufiji river that flows through the protected area is an inducement by Egypt to prevent Tanzania from damming the source of the Nile, Lake Victoria…

Source: ‘Selous Game Reserve dam rooted in geopolitics over Nile’

Tanzania picks Egyptian firms for controversial dam scheme; AFP

Tanzania on Wednesday awarded a $3-billion (2.64-billion-euro) contract to two Egyptian firms to build a hydro-electric dam in a renowned nature reserve. The 2,100-megawatt scheme will straddle the Rufiji River in the Selous Game Reserve, a 50,000-square-kilometre (19,000-square-mile) protected area…

Source: Tanzania picks Egyptian firms for controversial dam scheme

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.

Source: Keep loggers out of Selous Game Reserve!

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.

Source: The Bigger Hidden Cost Behind Tanzania’s $2B Hydropower Project

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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