Tanzania

 

Almost 41 million people speak about 128 different languages. Until now no uranium deposit was built, but the first is planned.

As is so often the case, money is one of the main reasons, because there will be 1600 new jobs through the mine and 5 million US Dollars revenue yearly. The grave environmental and health issues connected to opening a mine next to one of the most important natural reserves in the world are also being ignored here.

 

News & Activities on Tanzania


Tanzania civil society organisations call for protection of Selous GAme Reserve, oppose uranium mine

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"Tanzanian civil society organisations (CSOs) working in the areas of human rights, natural resources accountability and wildlife conservation, call on the World Heritage Committee to stand in solidarity with CSOs by acting on protection of the World Heritage Site.

The nine NGOs state that " ... prospecting mining companies also substantially contribute to the ongoing endangering of wild animal populations by, amongst other things, building extensive access routes. ...  the population of elephants [in World Heritage site Selous Game Reserve] has decreased from more than 70.000 (2006) to about 13.000 due to poaching, the population of the rare black rhino has diminished by 97%."

 

The NGOs, including WWF Tanzania, "Specifically, [...] ask that the Committee urge the Tanzanian State Party to cancel all existing mining concessions within or overlapping Selous, and to call for the re-integration of the excluded mining area into property."

 

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WHC declares Selous Game Reserve endangered World Heritage site

On its June 2014 session, the World Heritage Committee ("WHC") put the Selous Game Reserve on the list of endangered World Heritage sites. We had reported repeatedly about the conflict uranium exploration and plans for uranium mining as well as other exploration activities in the area have caused.

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Study: "Uranium Mining – Impact on Health and Environment" info brochure

DirkSeifertTanzaniavia [umweltfairaendern]: The Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung East Africa Office has published a study in cooperation with LHRC Tanzania.

The study includes forewords by Dr. Helen Kijo-Bisimba (LHRC) and Dr. Robert Mtonga (IPPNW). Also included is the opening speech of the Dar es Salaam conference in October 2013.

The articles touch general topics around health, environment, economy, politics and civil society, as well as focusing on the case of the Selous Game Reserve in Tanzania.

Download study as PDF

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Deutsche Welle on Uranium exploitation in Tanzania

"Though many consider the risks incalculable, Tanzania is planning to mine its radioactive uranium. A history of gold mining shows that the country, its people and abundant wildlife stand to gain little from doing so." Read the whole article at Deutsche Welle.

Uranium ore tempts Tanzania to dig dangerously

"Though many consider the risks incalculable, Tanzania is planning to mine its radioactive uranium. A history of gold mining shows that the country, its people and abundant wildlife stand to gain little from doing so." Read the whole article at Deutsche Welle.

Experts still concerned about dangers of uranium mining

Press coverage on the results of the Bahi Conference, by David Kisanga.

The Mkuju Uranium Project is far from being “on track”

LogoClean2A response to the Daily News Article “Mkuju uranium project on track, says Mantra”. The fact that MANTRA launched this article - referring to that February conference which is already OLD, outdated news - may be a direct consequence of our activities - MANTRA may feel they have to 'affirm' THEIR project.

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Konferenz gegen Uranabbau in Tansania: Field Trip Report

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Unter den internationalen Teilnehmern sind Mitglieder des Vorstandes von IPPNW Schweiz, IPPNW Deutschland und IPPNW Holland, der Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung Tansania, Falea 21–Bewegung Frankreich und der NGO Robin Wood Deutschland.
 
 

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