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Flamingo breeding ground safe following Tanzanian government decision

Date posted: 
Thursday, March 22, 2018

The Government has decided against building a soda ash factory on the shores of Lake Natron.

Lesser Flamingos like these congregate annually at Lake Natron. Photo: Dr. Ajay Kumar Singh

Last week, the conservation world received some extremely good news when the Government of Tanzania decided to abandon plans to construct a soda ash factory at Lake Natron, the most significant breeding site for Lesser Flamingos (Phoeniconaias minor) after becoming aware of the potential impacts. BirdLife International congratulates the Government of the United Republic of Tanzania on the decision, and their commitment to safeguarding flamingos.   

“The government move validates our ongoing collaboration to promote ecotourism as a sustainable alternative for local communities at Lake Natron”, said Patricia Zurita, BirdLife International’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO). Read more about this important decision here.

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