Temporary victory for Tana delta in Kenya

This video is called Magical Kenya – Tana River Delta.

From BirdLife:

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.

Kenya police arrest striking teachers: here. See also here.

5 thoughts on “Temporary victory for Tana delta in Kenya


    Biofuels to Turn Kenya’s Rich Tana Delta Wetlands into
    Ecological Wasteland

    By Climate Ark, http://www.climateark.org and
    EcoEarth.Info, http://www.ecoearth.info
    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.




  2. 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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