This video is called Magical Kenya – Tana River Delta.
Tana gets temporary reprieve
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.