Stop the Mkuju River Uranium Project at Selous Game Reserve, Tanzania
  • Petitioned UNESCO World Heritage Center, Paris, France

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Beyond Nuclear-Uranium Network
UNESCO World Heritage Center, Paris, France

Stop the Mkuju River Uranium Project at Selous Game Reserve, Tanzania

    1. Linda Gunter
    2. Petition by

      Linda Gunter

      Takoma Park, MD

In June, the World Heritage Committee of UNESCO, meeting in Russia, will decide whether to change the boundaries of the precious World Heritage site Selous Game Reserve in Tanzania to allow a uranium mine. The Reserve is one of the largest remaining wilderness areas in Africa, harbouring the largest elephant population on the continent.

The planned Mkuju River uranium mine, if allowed, would deal a major blow to the ecology of the region and have a devastating impact on  economic and social fronts.

Radioactive contamination will last for a very long time, in human terms forever. 

Changing the boundary of the World Heritage site Selous Game Reserve in order to have the planned Mkuju River Uranium mine located outside the Reserve and thus make it acceptable for licensing, will not prevent radioactive contamination and toxic materials from entering the Park via surface waters, aquifers, and air etc., and will still endanger wildlife.

The longevity of the radioactive elements poses a danger far beyond the time of operation of the mine, and will endanger the World Heritage site for many generations to come who will have to deal with the problems - or leave the site to serious environmental degradation. 

We must urge the UNESCO World Heritage committee to keep the boundaries unchanged and discourage the Government of Tanzania from licensing the Mkuju River Uranium mine.

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    1. Thank you again!

      Linda Gunter
      Petition Organizer

      You did it. We hit 2,500 and we're still going. Petition should be up for about another week.

    2. Reached 2,500 signatures
    3. 55 more signatures to reach our goal!

      Linda Gunter
      Petition Organizer

      Thank you for signing to help elephants and other animals and stop a uranium mine at Selous. We just need 55 more people to sign to reach our goal of 2,500. Please forward the petition for your friends and colleagues. We will be closing it soon so that the Uranium Network can submit it to the World Heritage Center. And thank you!

    4. Reached 2,000 signatures
    5. Thank you all who have signed to date! We surpassed the 1,000 target!

      Linda Gunter
      Petition Organizer

      On to 2,500! Please keep sharing and forwarding this petition. Thank you.

    6. Reached 1,500 signatures

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    Reasons for signing

    • Baraka Mfunguo MTWARA, TANZANIA, UNITED REPUBLIC OF
      • over 2 years ago

      PRESERVATION OF ECOSYSTEM FOR GENERATIONS TO COME

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    • Josh Zaffos FORT COLLINS, CO
      • over 2 years ago

      Game reserves and wildlife management are rarely compatible with mining, and uranium exploration in a World Heritage Site is a scary proposition.

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    • Godwin Andrew DAR ES SALAAM, TANZANIA, UNITED REPUBLIC OF
      • over 2 years ago

      It is unethical to turn a World Natural Heritage into a Uranium mine, it just don’t worth it..

      1. The World heritage Sites are for each and every person in the world to visit and enjoy the natural beauty of the world. These sites are for the present and future generations alike. They shelter vast number of living things that have right to life much as us human has.

      2. If the site is going to be turned into a uranium mine, the uranium that is going to be mined is going to be used for making Nuclear weapons to arm the developed nations and/ or producing energy which is going to fuel the engine of the world economy. which as we all know is concentrated on few hands instead of many. Why risk the interest of many for the benefits of few???

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    • Elineema Kileo ARUSHA, TANZANIA, UNITED REPUBLIC OF
      • over 2 years ago

      I care about the nature!

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    • Patty Magubira DAR ES SALAAM, TANZANIA, UNITED REPUBLIC OF
      • over 2 years ago

      The impact of man-made manipulations of Mother Nature has always been negative if not fatal to mankind

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