The Facebook page of Stop the Serengeti Highway has reported that the Tanzania government has indicated that it will now consider a German feasibility study to route the controversial Serengeti Highway along the south of the national park instead of through the north.
This is a breakthrough after years of protest against the government’s insistence on the northern route, which would traverse and damage important wildebeest migration paths between Kenya and Tanzania.
If the southern route were finally accepted it would benefit the agricultural communities in the area and provide many more jobs than the northern route.
The Facebook page is also reporting that the German government is considering financing improvement to the existing roads in the south of the Serengeti, which would also link the isolated areas of the country along Lake Victoria with the rest of Tanzania.
Map from the Frankfurt Zoological Society website.