KENYA, TANZANI SIGN PACT TO CONSERVE EBVIRONMENT

By Millicent Awuor

NAIROBI, Kenya and Tanzania have signed an agreement aimed at protecting and conserving the environment at the Maasai Mara National Reserve in Kenya and the contiguous Serengeti National Park in Tanzania.

Through the agreement, the two countries can question activities by either party which may threaten the environment, especially the availability of water in either park.

The two parks provide sustenance for millions of people and are major contributors in foreign exchange earnings. The two parks are separated by national boundaries and play host to the annual Wildebeest migration.

The annual wildebeest migration has been declared as the Eighth Wonder in the World.

Kenyan Water and Irrigation Cabinet Secretary (Minister) Eugene Wamalwa who represented Kenya said the two countries would be sharing their environmental impact assessment reports for any development projects in the basin which may affect water.

Tanzanian Vice-President Mohammed Gharib said the two countries stand to benefit immensely if the agreement is fully implemented. He welcomed the agreement as a boost in the tourist attraction package of the two countries.

Source: KBC