DAR ES SALAAM
Tanzania (Xinhua) -- Tanzanian
President John Magufuli said Tuesday plans were afoot to develop
a 2,100-megawatt hydro-power project in the Selous Game Reserve,
one of the largest protected areas in Africa.
The Stiegler’s Gorge is planned to be located in the Selous
Game Reserve, which was named a World Heritage Site in 1982 and
home to one of the greatest concentrations of African elephants
on the continent.
President Magufuli held talks with hydro-power generation
experts to see how the Stiegler’s Gorge power project could be
hastened, said a statement by the east African nation’s
Directorate of Presidential Communication at State House.
"The electricity to be generated from the Stiegler’s Gorge
will help push the country’s industrialization drive," said the
Magufuli said the Ethiopian government will send a high-level
delegation of experts who constructed the Ethiopian hydropower
dam to Tanzania to exchange ideas.
Ethiopia has constructed a 4.1-billion-U.S.-dollar Grand
Renaissance Dam along the Nile River with capacity to produce
Conservationists have expressed worries that the hydro-power
project and gas and mining projects planned near the reserve
were likely to affect its biodiversity.
The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
placed the Selous Game Reserve on the World Heritage in Danger
List after the government planned to undertake the projects.
A team of experts from UNESCO and IUCN who inspected the
reserve in February said the reserve would be retained on the
Danger List of World Heritage Sites until the government
reviewed its laws on exploration and mining.
UNESCO has expressed concerns about the potentially harmful
industrial activities threatening the reserve, including uranium
mining, oil and gas exploration, and dam construction.
Tanzania to conduct
special ecological evaluation in Lake Tanganyika
ARUSHA Tanzania (Xinhua) --
Tanzania on Monday pledged to conduct a special
ecological evaluation in Lake Tanganyika, amid media reports
that the lake is under serious environmental degradation.
Isaac Kamwerwe, Tanzania’s Deputy Minister for Water and
Irrigation made the pledge when speaking in the country’s
capital Dodoma, when he was responding to question by Nkasi
North MP, Ally Kessy who argued that for the past two weeks,
international media have been reporting of environmental dangers
at the lake, which pose risks of fish extinction.
"What is the government doing following such claims by the
media on environment degradation activities threats to Lake
Tanganyika?" the lawmaker queried, arguing that there are
serious threats that call for the government interventions to
save the lake and creatures in it.
In his response, the deputy minister said that the government
would do all it takes to establish the root cause of the problem
that threatens the existence of fish in the world’s longest lake
and the world’s second deepest after Lake Baikal in Siberia.
Kamwerwe noted that the Tanzanian government was aware on the
matter and has started working on them, including taking serious
measures to avoid any further environmental challenges.
The official said that a detailed report on the assessment
would immediately be adopted by the government through the
relevant ministry to overcome the situation in the lake which is
being shared by Tanzania, Zambia, Democratic Republic of the
Congo and Burundi.
He added that the government is set to implement a
national-wide specific program of enhancing availability and
provision of irrigation water throughout the country by assuring
for effective uses of all valleys, rivers, and Lakes.