TANZANIA ORGANIZES TOUR FOR EXPERTS TO SITE OF PLANNED HYDRO-ELECTRIC DAM PROJECT

DAR-ES-SALAAM, Tanzania's National Environmental Management Council (NEMC) has recently organized a familiarization visit to the planned Stigler's Gorge hydro-electric dam power project in northern Tanzania and promised compliance of all environmental precautions from the very beginning of the mega project.

The tour of the site, located in the World Heritage-listed Selous game reserve, was organized by the NEMC and the Tanzania Electric Supply Company Limited (TANESCO) hardly a month after President John Pombe Magufuli insisted that execution of the 2,100-megawatt (MW) project was inevitable.

Speaking to journalists here over the weekend, NEMC acting Director General Dr Vedast Makota said the team of experts toured the site to inspect environmental safety issues. We jointly decided to tour the area in a bid to get first hand information about the scheme and its implications on the Selous Game Reserve ecosystem, Dr Makota said, noting that the NEMC was optimistic that the project would be implemented safely without affecting the environment.

Dr Makota also pointed out that the tour meant a lot in making President John Magufuli's dream a reality by laying down strategies and taking measures which would allow for a smooth undertaking of the project which is expected to be launched as soon as possible.

He said the visit had enabled the experts to inspect and study issues of environmental security " because this is an important wildlife conservation area.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK