“The government’s move to put up the airport follows an earlier attempt to construct a 321-kilometre tarmac road through Serengeti. This was shelved over concerns that it would interfere with the wildebeest migration, the only one of its kind in the world, and crucial to the existence of the Serengeti-Mara ecosystem.
The Friends of Serengeti movement has repeatedly denounced having an airport so close to the World Heritage Site, saying it would attract more human activity near the fragile Serengeti-Mara ecosystem.
Opponents of the project say the landing and takeoff of large planes in Mugumu could damage wildlife migration patterns.”
The previous is an excerpt from an article in THE EAST AFRICAN OP ED
The article says that the highway has been shelved – and we feel it has for now – but there will constantly be a threat of if moving forward again. “The Friends of the Serengeti” movement they speak of in the article is our sister organization that we started to help bring together travel companies to build a permanent structure of support and advocacy and funding for the protection of the Serengeti Ecosystem.
Our directors – Dave Blanton and Boyd Norton said in a recent newsletter about moving forwarding to meet the challenges of long term protection for the park:
TO MEET THESE CHALLENGES WE PLAN TO…
- Spread conservation education and awareness among young leaders and communities.
- Support East African journalists and other media producers.
- Pass on a heritage of conservation to a new generation.