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Tana gets temporary reprieve
The Tana River Delta in Kenya has received temporary reprieve after the High Court stopped a controversial $370 million sugar and biofuels project.
Mumias Sugar Company intends to convert 20,000 hectares of the Tana Rive Delta to plant sugarcane. BirdLife International, NatureKenya (BirdLife in Kenya), the RSPB (BirdLife in the UK) and local conservationists within Kenya have vehemently opposed the proposal as it threatens biodiversity and the livelihoods of local communities.
Tana delta is home to over 350 species of bird, and a large assemblage of globally threatened wildlife including nine plants, five fish, two amphibians, two primates and two reptiles.
The Tana Delta is an important wintering site for the enfangered Basra Reed-warbler Acrocephalus griseldis.
“This is a very welcome move”, said Paul Matiku the Executive Director, Nature Kenya (BirdLife in Kenya). “It is victory for the local communities that took the government to court. Nature Kenya and institutions under the umbrella of Kenya Wetlands Forum will now fight even harder to have the sugarcane project permanently stopped”, Matiku added.
See also here.
Kenya’s Tana River Delta under siege: here.
The Tana River Delta on Kenya’s coast is at cross-roads. The massive pressure to exploit the area for growing sugar and biofuel crops amongst other development pressure is forcing an intense campaign to ensure that the delta’s peerless natural environment: here.
Please help to save Kenya’s Tana River Delta from biofuels land grab: here.
Over the last decade the Tana River Delta has been the scene of intensifying conflicts over natural resources. Powerful commercial investors are seeking land and water for biofuel plantations, at the expense of local communities: here.
Inter-ministerial consultative meeting on sustainable management of Deltas in Kenya (Tana, Athi, Yala and Nzoia) held in the office of the Prime Minister, July 2011: here.
ACTION ALERT UPDATE PLEASE FORWARD WIDELY!
Biofuels to Turn Kenya’s Rich Tana Delta Wetlands into
By Climate Ark, http://www.climateark.org and
July 23, 2008
Let the Kenyan government know destroying ecosystems for toxic
sugar monocultures is unethical, and ask them to please follow
their own environmental laws by permanently cancelling the
Kenya has recently approved plans to destroy some 20,000 acres
of the globally important and ecologically sensitive Tana
Delta for sugar and biofuel production. Covering 130,000
hectares, these wetlands’ diverse riverine vegetation —
forests, swamps, dunes, beaches and ocean — will be forever
altered by widespread vast fields of toxic, monoculture sugar
cane and biofuel mill. The project threatens 350 species
including birds, lions, hippos, nesting turtles, elephants,
sharks, reptiles and the Tana red colobus, one of 25 primates
facing extinction globally. Biofuel production worldwide
continues to destroy crucial natural ecosystems required for
local and global sustainability. While hailed as a climate
change remedy, this destruction of natural habitats for
biofuel production almost always releases more carbon than
saved. Using food such as sugar for fuel has raised food
prices, leading to riots globally, including in Kenya. Please
respectfully request the project be permanently cancelled.
TAKE ACTION NOW:
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New Tana website – The Tana River Delta is amongst the top three of Kenya’s largest and most important freshwater wetland systems, with a significant local community of cattle herders and others dependent on it. A new website – hosted by A Rocha – outlines the threats to the Tana River Delta by a proposed sugar and biofuel project. To view the website and get more information on the Tana River Delta please click here.
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