Dar promises fresh assessment before Selous project

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Following international opposition to Tanzania’s plan to construct the 2,100MW Stiegler’s Gorge dam in the Selous Game Reserve, the government has now promised to conduct a strategic environmental assessment prior to the commencement of the project.

Tanzania’s promise came at the eleventh hour just as Unesco was set to rule on whether or not to strike the Selous Game Reserve from the World Heritage sites list.

According to a government statement, Tanzanian officials went to Bahrain, where the World Heritage Committee was convening, to explain the project.

The World Heritage Committee and the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) had expressed their concerns about the risks to the reserve posed by the proposed dam.
“The move represents important progress…

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