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Still drills near the Watamu lung

Arabuko Sokoke forest threatened by chinese

09-01-2017 di redazione

Environmentalists move by two years to avoid a mess that could relate to the Arabuko Sokoke Forest, which stretches from Gede in Matsangoni, along the Mombasa-Malindi road where there are also inputs for tourists, until well into the street for Tsavo, between the villages of Jilore and Vitengeni. Inside the forest live some species of birds and reptiles hardly findable in other micro-climates, because the Arabuko is a rain forest formation in some impenetrable. It's also a "lung" needed for the climate of Watamu and its environmental balance.
But its glades also like the elephants and its ramifications to the colobus monkeys. Not to mention the hundreds of varieties of flowers, plants and shrubs. All this paradise of flora and fauna could suffer a serious blow if the oil companies CAMAC (the US, the client) and BGP (Chinese, the contractor of the work) will begin their surveys for oil. "The dynamite that the oil company intends to use to search - explains Paul Matiku association environmentalist" Nature Kenya "- will have a negative impact on all the fauna, from bees to elephants. The elephants are afraid of seismic tests and tend to flee but in the Arabuko-Sokoke forest they can not run away, because the forest is fenced. in addition, the opening of roads in the protected area will make it accessible to poachers and illegal loggers, as has already happened in the Reserve Selous, where thirty years ago oil exploration have virtually destroyed the largest national park in Tanzania ". The protests have already been forwarded to the Government, the County, the UN and UNESCO, so the long Arabuko Sokoke is about to become a World Heritage Site.

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