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UNESCO warns Tanzania against plans to mine Uranium in Game Park

Steel News - Published on Tue, 19 Jul 2011

The World Heritage Committee of Unesco has warned Tanzanian government against plans to mine uranium and undertake oil exploration in the Selous game reserve since the activities constitute a clear case for inscribing the game reserve on the list of World Heritage in Danger.

In February, the United Republic of Tanzania submitted a request for a minor modification to the boundaries of the Selous game reserve. The 50000 square kilometers Selous Game Reserve is one of the largest remaining wilderness areas in Africa, harboring the largest remaining elephant population of Africa and has been inscribed on the World Heritage List since 1982.

The request for modification of boundaries concerns the exclusion of an area of 19793 ha on the southern boundary of the property and has been motivated by plans of Tanzania to mine uranium deposits in the area.

The UNESCO committee mentioned development projects the government had sanctioned to be implemented in the reserve as Stiegler’s Gorge hydropower dam, Kidunda hydropower dam and Mukuju River uranium mine and oil exploration.

This additional time should allow Tanzania to complete the Environmental Impact Assessment process and to also allow for adequate time for IUCN to complete its evaluation of the proposed boundary modification including by sending a mission to the property.

UNESCO added that should Tanzania satisfy all the elements above the World Heritage Committee will be able to reconsider the proposed boundary modification at the earliest at its next session in June 2012.

(Filed by Matsiko Mike SteelGuru Uganda correspondent)

Posted By : admin on Tue, 19 Jul 2011
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