We are in a holding pattern on the possible construction of a highway through the Serengeti. But plans for port development at Mwambani Harbor and Bagamoyo on the Indian Ocean coast accelerate. These ports are intended to link Uganda and the Lake Victoria region, with the Serengeti in the middle.
Meanwhile, a misguided biologist in Norway has recently come out in favor of the northern highway. Contrary to the opinion of hundreds of world experts, he states, “There is no question about it, the (northern) road will come. What we can do is advise [Tanzanians] so they develop it in the least environmentally damaging way possible.”Read more, and if you have expertise in conservation biology, you might want to contact him here.
On the legal front, a new court date will be set for the legal challenge against the Serengeti highway in the East African Court of Justice. We will keep you informed.
Finally, according to Tanzanian National Parks, wildlife in the northern and western Serengeti has dropped 80% due to “intensive poaching.” Buffaloes have declined from 70,000 to 40,000, elephants from 2,500 to 500, and rhino from1,000 to 20. (No time frame was given for these figures.) Read more.
|The government calls the existing seasonal dirt track through the park a “gravel road,” opening the door for a future upgrade to allow more traffic. Serengeti Watch has documented this track, shown above in the dry season, every few kilometers with photos and GPS coordinates, some now on Google Earth.|