We’ve waited years for this –
The The East African Court of Justice has ruled in favor of the Serengeti, banning the government of Tanzania from constructing a paved road across the northern Serengeti.
African Network for Animal Welfare (ANAW), who brought the case, sent us the decision today:
“In a milestone development, the East African Court of Justice has declared in its ruling today, 20th June, 2014, that constructing a bitumen [paved asphalt] road across the world famous Serengeti National Park is unlawful. The Judges have restrained the Tanzanian Government from constructing the road.
ANAW fully respects Tanzania’s sovereignty and its need for national development. However, by taking up this matter, ANAW was in actual fact protecting a resource that would be of future benefit not only to Tanzanians or East Africans but also the entire humanity.
Josphat Ngonyo, ANAW’s Executive Director, said:
“This was not a win for ANAW, not for our lawyer, Saitabao Ole Kanchory, not for Serengeti Watch, not for our expert witness John Kuloba, but for the millions of animals in the Serengeti-Mara ecosystem. It is a win for nature and God’s creation. Nature has won today.
We send congratulatory messages to all our partners in Serengeti Watch and all who walked with us over the entire period that the case was in court.”
Thanks to all of you who helped us support this important legal challenge.
It means that, in the near term, the threat of a paved commercial highway has been thwarted. Under the treaty of the East African Community, Tanzania is obliged to abide by court decisions.
But we can make no mistake, road development still poses a real and present danger. Read more here: