Last year’s victory by the conservation community to block the building of a road across the Serengeti was appealed by the government of Tanzania. Continued filings by the lawyer representing the interests to conserve the park have been submitted. On June 10, the East African Court of Justice announced it will make its decision public at an open court session at the East African Community Headquarters in Arusha Tanzania. The decision is to be made on July 29th, 2015.
The Africa Network for Animal Welfare along with supporters from Serengeti Watch, Love Animals, and many others including ANAW-USA, remain hopeful that the appeal will be denied closing another chapter on the continued pressure for commercial development of this wilderness area. It is our mandate to forge on to protect the world’s largest migration of this kind for the millions of animals migrating between Tanzania and Kenya.
Only 30 days left to raise funding supporting the legal effort to block the building of a road across the Serengeti. The Serengeti and Maasai Mara represent a world heritage site under siege. Your contribution is important to the group I am working with, the Africa Network for Animal Welfare (ANAW) in Nairobi. Please lead a hand, a gift of any amount is appreciated. The effort so far has been supported in total by the Serengeti Watch people and their network. It would not be accomplished with out Serengeti Watch. A big thanks to their organization. This last push rests with ANAW and and ANAW’s friends. Can we count on your help? Please go to the link below and make a contribution of any amount.
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June 20, 2014, the long-awaited decision by the East African Court of Justice, on the status of building a 53 km road across the Serengeti is finally in. Judgement-Ref.-No.9-of-2010-Final
The East African Court rules the roadway built to bitumen standard (asphalt on top gravel and sand) across the Serengeti National Park is unlawful and infringes on the Treaty for the Establishment of the East African Community, Articles 1 and 3.
The Africa Network for Animal Welfare (ANAW), with funding from Serengeti Watch and others, successfully argued that building the road would do irreversible harm to this “World Heritage Property” of “outstanding Universal value” as described by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization.
This is a big win for environmentalist and the conservation movement in Africa. The court was careful to balance the decision by adding that it did not want to block the development programs of Partner States to its jurisdictional powers. Economic development will move forward and it is encouraged in all of East Africa. This question was one of protecting the environment, the animals, and migration patterns of the hartebeest, wildebeest, zebra and the like, from irreversible harm in the face of human expansion. Balancing commerce with conservation will always be a difficult battle.
This is a defining moment for saving an important part of the ecosystem in East Africa. Congratulations to ANAW, Serengeti Watch, and all those concerned for keeping a few places in the world majestic and untouched.