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World Wildlife Funds says it is critical that no work is done on the power project until the environmental assessment has been completed and WHC reviewed World Wildlife Funds says it is critical that no work is done on the power project until the environmental assessment has been completed and WHC reviewed

Tanzania Pledges to Save Selous World Heritage Site Status

The government of Tanzania has pledged to undertake an environmental impact assessment for its proposed hydroelectric plant in the Selous Game Reserve. This follows international opposition to the proposal of the Stiegler’s Gorge power plant.

The Selous Game Reserve has had UNESCO World Heritage Site status since 1982 but following the announcement of the hydroelectric plant, World Heritage Committee (WHC) and the World Wildlife Fund raised concerns about the risks to the reserve posed by the proposed hydroelectric plant and associated dam as well as the extensive logging to be undertaken to clear the way.

According to the government, Tanzanian officials went to the 42nd meeting of the WHC, held in Bahrain, to explain the project and save the Selous Game Reserve’s World Heritage Site status.