Petition Closed

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.

Letter to
Beyond Nuclear-Uranium Network UNESCO World Heritage Center, Paris, France
I just signed the following petition addressed to: UNESCO World Heritage Center, Paris, France.

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

The planned Mkuju River uranium mine is a project very hazardous to the World Heritage site Selous Game Reserve, Tanzania; it has the potential to endanger the Park massively, and  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 endangering wildlife in the end.

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 therefore urge you to keep the boundaries unchanged and discourage the Government of Tanzania from licensing the Mkuju River Uranium mine.

In case the Government of Tanzania decides to go ahead with the mining project, we strongly recommend you then change the status of Selous Game Reserve to "endangered World Heritage site".

Sincerely,