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Monday, 9 January 2012

Welcome news: New railway line will not affect the Serengeti

The Tanzanian Minister of Transport, Mr. Omar Nundu, has again stated that the proposed new railway line will not affect the Serengeti.

This is encouraging. We applaud Minister Nundu and the government of Tanzania for this wise decision to route the railway well to the south of the park.

The geography of the Serengeti, in fact, does offer a much greater challenge for a railway, as it involves traversing a steep escarpment. Big questions still hang over the economic viability of this port-railway system from Uganda. But should a railway prove feasible and be built around the southern end of the park, it would greatly relieve pressure for a Serengeti highway in the future.

This would be a victory for the Tanzanian people and a win-win for human development and conservation, something that we all have wanted from the outset.

We'll keep you posted.

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