Locals Oppose Soda Mining That Threatens Flamingos

FlamingosBirdlife International:

“Over 18,000 residents of Engaruka area of Lake Natron, Tanzania, are up in arms against a government plan to build a soda ash factory in the area. Over the past one year, the National Development Corporation (NDC) has been carrying out intensive exploration of soda ash deposits to complement those at Lake Natron.

At a press conference held at an Arusha hotel last week, the residents condemned the plan terming it a threat to their livelihood and the environment. Led by Mr. Alex Babulo, Ms Noosikito Rwako and Loserian Ramadhani they said they were not consulted on the matter: they just saw big trucks and machinery appear one morning and starting work.

The local communities are worried that soda ash mining will deplete scarce water resources, destroy land that is used for livestock keeping and agriculture and chase away the many birds, including flamingos, that regularly use Lake Engaruka.



There are 2 comments for this article
  1. abel ngapemba at 12:06 pm

    Lets go back to basic of journalism over the article you have in your page and look at the facts:
    1. The source of your story is Mr. Alex Babulo, Ms Noosikito Rwako and Loserian Ramadhani, who are these people

    2. How does mining of soda ash deplete scarce water resources, if the water is scarce in the area, how is the factory going to survive in an area where there is no water

    3. Do people from the area use salt water for their daily use

    4. what is the area of Engaruka and surrounding area and how much cattle and other animals are there?

    5. Flamingos in Engaruka?!?!?!?!?! Where exactly are they in the area?

    Please check you facts and come up with ‘responsible’ story. If you need good story, take a person who was in your ‘Press Conference’ to the area and tell him what you wanted to be written.


  2. Dave Blanton Author at 5:57 pm

    Good points, Abel. We will continue to report more news on this issue as it appears.