Serengeti Day opposes road project

24 March 2011 14:51

Serengeti Day was staged to raise awareness about the threat of the planned route through the ecosystem to the wildlife in the region

Serengeti Day was staged to raise awareness about the threat of the planned route through the ecosystem to the wildlife in the region

Travel and nature organisations around the world have staged Serengeti Day to celebrate the ecosystem in Tanzania and express their opposition to the proposed road development through parts of the national park.

Wildlife supporters staged the special occasion on Saturday in a bid to raise awareness about the threat of the planned route to the Serengeti's biodiversity.

The Tanzanian government had outlined plans to build a route through northern parts of the Serengeti as part of a larger road development project to link eastern regions of the African country with Lake Victoria.

However, environmentalists opposed the plan saying that it will interfere with the Serengeti ecosystem and endanger its wildlife.

But recent reports have suggested that the World Bank has offered to provide funding for an alternative route that does not go through the park, and the Tanzanian government is said to be considering the offer.

The altered route plans to make the Serengeti, which hosts the largest mammal migration in the world, even more accessible to tourists, who have been urged to ensure they have comprehensible travel insurance when visiting the country.

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