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Selous: Tanzania’s largest wilderness in danger

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Selous: Tanzania’s larges wilderness in danger

Selous: Tanzania’s largest wilderness in danger

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Together we can save Selous from industrial scale threats such as wildlife crime and other harmful actions.

As of November 2017, the most urgent threat to Selous is the proposed Stiegler’s Gorge dam, without due planning this will impact on Selous’ central ecology and risk the livelihoods of many people. Click on the boxes below to show the Tanzanian president your support.

Dr. John Pombe Magufuli
President of Tanzania

Dear President Magufuli,
Selous is our shared heritage. Please save:

  • The Environment The Environment
    The Environment
    In 2014, UNESCO placed Selous Game Reserve on the List of World Heritage in Danger. It is facing severe threats from industrial-scale poaching and other harmful activities that must be stopped. Tanzania and the international community should stand together to safeguard the environmental, social and economic values that Selous provides.
  • Local livelihoods Local livelihoods
    Local livelihoods
    Damage to Selous and its wildlife has resulted in a decline in visitor numbers, and in local job losses. Criminal syndicates are decimating elephant herds and threatening the safety of rangers who are defending the front line. Rangers across Africa say that they need better training and equipment to prevent rampant poaching.
  • Rare wildlife Rare wildlife
    Rare wildlife
    Selous has lost 90 per cent of its elephants and nearly all of its critically endangered black rhinos to poachers since becoming a World Heritage site. Industrial projects have made it easier for poachers to access the park and to traffic illegal ivory. Support for combatting wildlife crime should be used to implement the zero poaching framework.
  • Economic value Economic value
    Economic value
    Despite being a source of tourism revenue, over 75 per cent of Selous is at risk from harmful industrial activities. These operations threaten the environment and provide few long-term jobs for nearby residents. Sustainable development options should be prioritized that provide direct benefits to communities without compromising natural capital.
Dear President Magufuli,
I ask you to secure the protection of Selous as a positive legacy of your leadership for Tanzanians and the world.

Sincerely, a champion of Selous.

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