State of Conservation (SOC)
Selous Game Reserve (1991)
UNESCO Extra-Budgetary Funds
International Assistance granted to the property
Total Amount Ap proved:60,480USD
|1987||Equipment for anti-poaching measures at Selous Game Reserve||50,000 USD|
|1984||Purchase of a vehicle for Selous Game Reserve||10,480 USD|
Factors* affecting the property identified in previous reports
Current conservation issues
The Bureau was concerned about a proposed plan of the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock Development to open a route through this Reserve to drive cattle from the north to the south of Tanzania.
Since the proposed launching of this plan was not based on a proper environmental impact study, and because the wildlife in the Reserve would be threatened by bacterial and viral infections from the cattle, the Bureau recommended that the Chairperson write to the Tanzanian authorities to seek clarifications on the proposed plan. However, in early July IUCN transmitted to the Secretariat information confirming that the plan had been abandoned.
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Selous Game Reserve (Tanzania)
The Committee was glad to be informed that a proposal to open a route through this Park to drive cattle from the north to the south of the country had been abandoned by the Tanzanian Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock Development. If implemented, this project would have exposed the wildlife of Selous to bacterial and viral infection from the cattle and resulted in additional problems such as bush fires, dispersion of cattle, increased poaching and vegetation changes. The Committee commended the Tanzanian authorities for having dropped plans to open the route to avoid threats to the integrity of the site.
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Tanzania, United Republic of
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Opening of a route to drive cattle
The threats indicated are listed in alphabetical order; their order does not constitute a classification according to the importance of their impact on the property.
Furthermore, they are presented irrespective of the type of threat faced by the property, i.e. with specific and proven imminent danger (“ascertained danger”) or with threats which could have deleterious effects on the property’s Outstanding Universal Value (“potential danger”).