Kenyan river delta threatened by sugar corporation

This is a video about the Tana delta in Kenya.

From BirdLife:

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.

Secret report: biofuel caused food crisis: here.

Brazil biofuel workers exploited: here.

Britain: SOLOMON HUGHES reports on the competing sugar firms that are putting money into Tory pockets as they attempt to shape what kind of Brexit we have: here.

3 thoughts on “Kenyan river delta threatened by sugar corporation

  1. Kenya: Court Orders Habitat Report on Sugar Project

    The Nation (Nairobi)

    18 March 2008
    Posted to the web 18 March 2008

    Eunice Machuhi

    A court has ordered for a report on how the construction of a sugar factory in the Tana Delta will affect the environment.

    The National Environment Management Authority (Nema) has been given a month to file the environmental impact assessment report. They are to do so before April 18.

    The suit was filed by Mat International against Tana and Athi Rivers Development Authority (TARDA). Mumias Sugar Company has also been enjoined. The case is before Mr Justice Festus Azangalala sitting in Mombasa.

    Diverse wetlands

    Mat International went to court to restrain TARDA and Mumias Sugar Company from carrying out a feasibility study, on a proposed Sh24 billion sugar project at the Tana Delta.

    The judge extended orders barring TARDA from going ahead with the project until other orders were issued.

    A group of pastoralists identified as the Tana Delta Pastoralist Community Environmental Conservation and Management Association, has opposed the multi-billion-shilling project, claiming that it would have an adverse effect on the area’s flora and fauna.

    The pastoralists, who include Messrs Salim Gollo, Abaroba Barisa, Rigow Abdi and Mohhamed Shobe, claim the intended Tana Delta Integrated Sugar Development project will interfere with the area, which is the largest and most ecologically and biologically diverse wetland in East Africa, covering at least 130,000 hectares.

    Animal species

    The delta, they say, supports a diverse ecosystem comprising of dunes, beaches, the Indian Ocean as well as exotic plant and animal species, some of which have been placed on the endangered list.

    The four claim that TARDA, in collaboration with the sugar company, intends to convert at least 1,200 hectares of the wetlands into a sugar growing zone and are not concerned about addressing sustainable development within the framework of established standards and practices worldwide.


  2. Kenya: Rare Monkey Species Threatened With Extinction

    The Nation (Nairobi)

    11 April 2008
    Posted to the web 11 April 2008

    Patrick Mayoyo

    A rare monkey species, the Tana River Red Colobus, that is only found in Kenya, faces extinction due to encroachment on their habitat by human activities, the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources says.

    These monkeys are found in the Kenya Wildlife Services’ only primate reserve in the country – the Tana River Primate Reserve.

    The KWS warden in charge of the reserve, Mr Francis Mbaka, who has confirmed the developments, said human encroachment on the primate reserve that include farming, grazing and logging were the main cause of the declining population of the Tana River Red Colobus monkey.

    “We have now embarked on a massive awareness campaign among communities living around the Tana River Primate Reserve on the need to preserve the reserve for posterity,” he said.

    Primate reserve

    Mr Mbaka said human encroachment on the primate reserve had led to its fragmentation, posing a major threat to the Tana River Red Colobus and the Crested Mangabey monkeys.

    “The most affected area of the reserve is around the Mchelelo Tented Camp, which is home to the rare monkey species and more than 260 bird species,” he said.

    Mr Mbaka said 11 square kilometres of the 169 square kilometre reserve that is closed forest has been fragmented into patches, leading to a decline in the population of key monkey species.

    The Tana River Red Colobus monkey is among 25 primates which have been included on IUCN’s list of endangered species. The world conservation body warns that the primates are in danger of becoming extinct due to unprecedented threat from destruction of tropical forests, illegal wildlife trade and commercial bush meat hunting. Primates from 24 other countries in Africa, Asia and South America are also endangered.


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