Report from the field: Road Construction Underway By all accounts, road construction to the east of the Serengeti National Park, in the Loliondo area, has been moving ahead faster than expected. It extends to Lake Natron, where it would serve a proposed soda ash mine. How much construction, how far it will go, and for what purpose this is being done - all are questions that have not been answered. The Loliondo is an important part of the migration route. A tarmac road through it would pose a grave risk to the future of this area, opening it up to land speculation and outside development. Local Maasai communities already face serious threats to their land and most do not have good information on how a highway would impact their land use and way of life. We know of no environmental or social impact study on road development for the Loliondo. A Strategic Environmental Assessment combined with a Land Use Plan is vital.