Conservation communities here are looking forward to the subsequent move by the Tanzania government following it failing to persuade the East African court of the advantages of constructing a brand-new road going through the renowned Serengeti National Park.
In an effort to halt the construction of the highway road, the Africa Network for Animal Welfare – ANAW which is headquartered in Nairobi had consequently filed a case back in December 2010 with East African Court of Justice – EACJ within Arusha, aiming to halt the Tanzania government from constructing a highway through the Serengeti mentioning the migration routes of the legendary herds of millions of wildebeests plus zebras. Serengeti is a UNSECO Site.
While Reading the ruling, Isaac Lenaola the Deputy Principal Judge revealed that, due to the ecological issues, the program to construct a` bitumen quality road throughout the park was illegal, this road was initially planned to be constructed in 2012.
Government of Tanzania planned to build up a Fifty four kilometer area of unpaved road going through Serengeti Park to link the northern tourist center of Arusha to Lake Victoria’s Musoma
ANAW debated that the suggested highway could have “deleterious environmental as well as ecological effects” on the sensitive Serengeti ecosystem as well as the encompassing safeguarded areas like the Maasai Mara game reserve found in Kenya. Among these would be the disruption of the wildlife migration.
The Serengeti or Maasai-Mara ecosystem is well known across the globe for the stunning yearly wildlife migration that includes millions of wildebeests plus other animals; and this consequently attracts thousands of different tourists plus nature lovers coming from foreign countries.
Furthermore, conservation groups, among which is the Wildlife Conservation Society, found in New York, together with the Zoological Society of London emphasized that the construction of this highway will result into collisions of the animals and the vehicles and might stop the annual movement of the animals into the Maasai Mara National Reserve found in Kenya.
In its recent judgment, the First Instance Division of East African Court of Justice – EACJ ruled that that intended tarmacked road connecting from Loliondo-Kleins Gate – Tabora B with Mugumu – Natta would ruin the ecosystem of the park, and that building of the road could breach the rules of the East African Community on the preservation plus sustainable utilization of natural resources.
In 2011 during the month of March, the government of German made a crucial announcement – It accepted that there were genuine development requirements of communities staying near the park. Therefore so as to avoid a road going through Serengeti national park, it accepted to fun the construction of local roads as well as other projects for such local communities. Equally essential, it agreed to assist construct a southern route going around this Serengeti national park.