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Uranimum mining in Tanzania

Discussion in 'Jukwaa la Siasa' started by Jasusi, Aug 6, 2012.

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    Jasusi JF-Expert Member

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    [h=1]UNESCO Fails to Protect World Heritage in Tanzania[/h] Monday, 6 August 2012, 1:42 pm
    Press Release: ECOTERRA Intl UNESCO Fails to Protect World Heritage at Cradle of Mankind
    Elephants, Rhinos and the environment are under threat from 60 million tons of radioactive waste as World Heritage Committee agrees boundary change that will allow uranium mining at the Tanzania Selous Game Reserve - a World Heritage site.
    Freiburg, Germany - A foreign uranium mining conglomerate will be allowed to exploit the precious Selous Game Reserve in Tanzania after the World Heritage Committee (WHC) decided, at its July 2012 session in Russia, to accept what was described as a "minor boundary change" of the site. The change had been requested by the Government of Tanzania, in order to make way for the development of a major uranium mine, Mkuju River Uranium Project, owned by Russian ARMZ and Canadian Uranium One.
    The decision to allow the boundary change would allow the Mkuju River uranium project, situated in the South of the Selous Game Reserve at its transition to the Selous Niassa Wildlife Corridor, to go forward. The Tanzanian Government lobbied heavily for the boundary change, after declaring its intent to "win the battle" against the UNESCO WHC.



    Dozens of environmental groups around the world, many of them members of the German-based Uranium Network, decried the WHC decision which could lead to the creation of 60 million tons of radioactive and poisonous waste by the mine during its 10-year lifespan (139 million tons if a projected extension of the mine should be implemented). The radioactive wastes pose a serious threat to Selous Game Reserve which is home to the world’s largest elephant population and other wildlife. No proven methods exist to keep the radioactive and toxic slush and liquids from seeping into surface waters, aquifers or spreading with the dry season wind into the Reserve.
    It remains completely unclear how the company or the Government of Tanzania will guarantee that the impact of millions of tons of radioactive and toxic waste will be “limited”. The WHC decision appears to be influenced by heavy corporate and government lobbying and not by sound science. It sets a horrible precedent that could threaten other World Heritage Sites with similar dangerous and damaging exploitation.
    The decision is in stark contrast to previous decisions of the WHC of 2011 stating that mining activities would be incompatible with the status of Selous Game Reserve a World Heritage site.
    The environmental groups question whether WHC members have fully understood and given adequate attention to the implications of a uranium mine - including diesel generators, uranium mill, housing, heavy truck roads, as well as the creation of millions of tons of radioactive and toxic waste which should be contained safely and separate from the environment for thousands of years.
    Uranium mining creates radioactive dust, contaminates waterways and groundwater aquifers and depletes often precious water supplies. Once abandoned, the radioactive contamination from the mines can persist for decades or even hundreds of years.
    The WHC's decision was made at a time when Russia was chairing the WHC session in St. Petersburg, Russia; Mkuju River uranium project - which basically lives or dies with the decision on the boundary change - is majority owned by Russian ARMZ, a subsidiary of ROSATOM - who bought it from Australian Mantra Resources earlier in 2012.
    The environmental groups urge the World Heritage Committee to reconsider its decision on the Selous Game Reserve Boundary Change and call upon the Government of Tanzania to refrain from licensing a uranium mine in Selous Game Reserve or on lands cut out from it.
    Additiona l information
    The World Heritage Committee's decision: http://whc.unesco.org/archive/2012/whc12-36com-19e.pdf
    The WHC’s decision came about after heavy lobbying by the Tanzanian Government.
    Its wording (Point 8 - WHC … "8. Decides in an exceptional and unique manner to approve the proposed boundary modification of the Selous Game Reserve, United Republic of Tanzania";) - suggests strongly that lobbying efforts are the reason behind granting the border change to the Government of Tanzania - not considerations based on scientific evidence and the experience with uranium mining activities in or around World Heritage sites.
    The WHC based its “exceptional and unique” decision mainly on an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) which claims that the impact of the proposed mining project on the Outstanding Universal Value of the World Heritage Site is "limited" and can "be mitigated".
    However, the review version of the EIS was handed in by the Tanzanian government after the WHC's deadline. IUCN - which is consulting the WHC - stated that there was not enough time to fully consider the document.
    In addition, after repeated breaches of deadlines and procedures, the WHC entrusted the Tanzanian government to fulfill promises on improving the protection of the Selous ecosystem and the Selous-Niassa-Wildlife-Corridor. However, the reality is that the Government of Tanzania has already licensed extensive uranium exploration projects in the Selous-Niassa-Corridor.
    The WHC’s provision “…that economic and social needs of the local population and workers are respected and that social conditions in and around the Selous Game Reserve, in particular linked to the Mkuju River Mining site, are subject to monitoring,” (Point 9 b of the decision) sounds suspicious in the face of Tanzania’s experience with gold and other mining activities which adversely impacted the local people’s existence, well-being and their human and civil rights.
    Moreover, conditions set by the WHC for allowing the boundary change were not made a pre-requisite for the decision, but are to be met by the Tanzania Government afterwards – with no guarantee at all that they will ever be met.
    Deadlines set by the WHC were repeatedly ignored by the Government of Tanzania: a previous Tanzanian minister called the WHC “an irrelevant body,” displaying serious contempt for the Committee.
    Thus, it remains more than questionable whether the Government of Tanzania will change its stance towards the WHC.
    The Government of Tanzania also argued that the income created by the mining activities would improve the country’s situation especially in regard to healthcare and other social needs.
    However, the costs of reclamation of the mining site with its 60 to 139 million tons of radioactive wastes will range from US $417 million to $977 million (extended version of Mkuju River Project).
    The costs will be in the range of the income created by the mining activities. Thus, no real “profit” will be made by the Republic of Tanzania.
    The WHC's decision is highly alarming since it may be seen by mining companies and Governments as a precedent for circumventing the declared incompatibility of mining activities and the status of places such as World Heritage sites in order to allow mineral exploitation at the expense of the unique value of World Heritage sites.
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    Mahesabu JF-Expert Member

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    kuna wanaopinga na pia kuna wanaosapoti
     
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    I tell you what: Do a little summary of this article then give us your opinion. It looks like that is how others start issues here. Now what is your opinion? Should we tell these Americans to go away?
     
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    Kwani Uranium ORE ni radio active kweli? Kwa nini wanatoa ripoti hii yenye maneno na visingizio chungu mzima, watu wa magharibi bwana! Je kelele hizi zinaweza kuwa zinatolewa na jamaa hawa kwa kuwa WARUSI ndio wamepewa eneo kubwa la kuchimba madini hayo? Mbona nchi kama Namibia, Iran,Urusi, Korea ya Kasikazini,Australia,China nk wana madini ya URANIUM lakini hatujawahi kusikia malalamiko yoyote kutoka kikundi hiki!
     
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    Sisi hatuna haja na Uranium.
    Kuna watu wana haja nayo.
    Halafu sisi tena hatuna mpango wa kulinda maliasili, that including wildlife.
    Nani atusaidie kulinda?
    America? they damn well need uranium desperately!
     
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    Mzee wa Usafi JF-Expert Member

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    Tatizo hapa kampuni inayotakiwa kuchimba ni ya Kirusi...ingekuwa kutoka magharibi hata hizi kelele usingezisikia....Uranium pollution from Mkuju Project has been detected as far as Rufiji delta. This is due to high mobility of uranium solution as a result prawns project in Rufiji delta had to be abandoned as uranium concetration in prawns near the delta was very high 10 times concetration in water!!!!! Mining uranium will decrease this amount...go for it Tanzania
     
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    Mwanahisa JF-Expert Member

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    The Tanzanian Government lobbied heavily for the boundary change, after declaring its intent to "win the battle" against the UNESCO WHC.
    Maneno ya mkosaji utayajua tu, oooh mara sizitaki mbichi hizi, wanafiki siku zenu zaja mtatamani kua weusi.
     
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    Hatuna saabu ya kuchimba uranium kwa sasa. Tuachane na hizi project
     
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    Mwanahisa JF-Expert Member

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    Mkuu tuachane na hizi project kivipi wakati soko lipo linahitaji mali hii?
     
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    Jasusi JF-Expert Member

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    Soko la dhahabu pia lipo lakini limetufaidishaje? Wanachimba wageni tu na kujifaidisha wenyewe. Pia soma hii:
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    [​IMG]Deputy minister for Natural Resources and Tourism, Mr Lazaro Nyalandu

    By The Citizen Correspondent
    Arusha. A sophisticated international criminal syndicate is reportedly decimating elephant populations in the country.

    Figures show that 42 per cent of elephants, equal to 31,348 jumbos, have been killed in the Selous Game Reserve and Mikumi National Park in the past three years."The situation is very, very alarming," remarked the deputy minister for Natural Resources and Tourism, Mr Lazaro Nyalandu, here yesterday.

    He said statistics indicated that a quarter of tuskers seized in the world between 1989 and 2010 originated from Tanzania.And, to make matters worse, Mr Nyalandu said, reports showed that mining activities were being carried out in the Serengeti National Park (Senapa). This is Tanzania's oldest and most popular national park, that is also a world heritage site proclaimed as the seventh world wonder.
    The deputy minister said he has cross-checked with the Ministry of Energy and Minerals, only to learn that it has not issued any mining licence to Senapa.He said reports of mining activities going on in the Serengeti also threatened wildlife conservation efforts.


    The park is famous for its annual migration, during which some six million hooves pound the open plains as more than 200,000 zebras and 300,000 Thomson's gazelles join the wildebeests trek for fresh grazing.
    Mr Nyalandu directed the Tanzania National Parks (Tanapa) Board of Trustees to give a detailed report on the poaching situation in Senapa.He did this as his ministry tables its budget proposals for the 2012/2013 financial year in Parliament in Dodoma today.

    Poaching, wildlife conservation and allocation of tourist hunting blocks are likely to be highlighted by MPs when they begin debating the budget.
    Last year, a black rhino that was relocated to Senapa from South Africa was killed. The incident that was described by conservationists as a serious reversal of the progress that Tanzania was making to raise the mammal's population.
    "Senapa is a World Heritage Site that needs protection at any cost for current and future generations in accordance with the 1972 World Heritage Convention," said Mr Nyalandu in his directive.
    Senapa earned a place on the World Heritage List in 1981 for its exceptional significance in conservation of biodiversity as well as the rare and endangered species under its jurisdiction, plus the area's annual wildebeest migration.
    Mr Nyalandu also tasked the Tanapa Board of Trustees to name the national parks' watchdog employees who are said to have been conspiring with poachers.
    He said there were reports that some members of the police force, in collaboration with game scouts, were working closely with poachers' networks.
    Senapa is also home to the unique and spectacular annual migration of 1.4 million wildebeests and 500,000 zebras trailed by carnivores from Tanzania into Kenya across Mara River that has for decades attracted tourists to Tanzania.
    Currently tourism in Tanzania is among five highest income generating sectors with over 700,000 tourists a year. Three quarters of these visit the northern tourist circuit, including the Serengeti, Ngorongoro and Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa's rooftop.

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    Jasusi JF-Expert Member

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    Wanaochimba Serengeti kinyume cha sheria nasikia ni pamoja na yule mzungu aliyepewa eneo la Grumeti kujenga hoteli yake ya kisasa ambayo Mtanzania wa kawaida hawezi kuimudu gharama zake.
     
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    Mwanahisa JF-Expert Member

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    Mkuu Jasusi haya yanayosemwa ni kweli, ila tutasubiri hadi lini? Kutokufaidika kwetu ni uzembe wetu, Huyo aliyetupa wanyama na madini hakukosea sisi tu wenyewe tumepungukiwa na hekima ya vipau mbele. Hao wanyama wenyewe wanaenda maasai mara wanakaa mwezi mmoja wanarudi Serengeti lakini Kenya ndio wanaotengeneza hela kuliko Tanzania kwenye huo utalii wa The great migration. Tusubiri mpaka lini?
     
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