This is a video about the Tana delta in Kenya.
Sugar is not so sweet
A flourishing wetland on Kenya’s northern coast is under serious threat from plans to grow vast amounts of sugarcane, partly for biofuel production. Developers want to transform nearly 20,000 hectares of the spectacular Tana River Delta, into sugarcane plantations with other parts of the Delta earmarked for rice.
“This development would be a national disaster, wreaking havoc with the area’s ecosystem and spelling the end for wildlife across much of the Delta”, said Paul Matiku, Executive Director of NatureKenya. “Large areas would become ecological deserts. The Delta is a wildlife refuge with cattle herders depending on it for centuries as well. There is no commitment to mitigation for the damage that will be done and no evidence that local incomes will be in any way improved. The sugarcane scheme cannot be allowed to go ahead.” …
The Tana Delta is home to several Endangered and Near Threatened species such as the Southern Banded Snake-eagle Circaetus fasciolatus, the Malindi Pipit Anthus melindae, and the migratory Basra Reed Warbler Acrocephalus griseldis. The Tana River Cisticola Cisticola restrictus, extremely local and on the verge of extinction, has recently been recorded. Over five thousand water birds of at least thirteen species breed in the Tana Delta and twenty two species gather in internationally important numbers.
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