A world heritage site on Lake Malawi is under threat and needs your support now!

A world heritage site on Lake Malawi is under threat and needs your support now!

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A World Heritage Site on Lake Malawi is under threat and needs your support now!

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URGENT NOTICE - SOUTHERN REGION WATERBOARD IS ABOUT TO BLAST AND DESTROY ONE OF THE MOST PRISTINE PARTS OF THE LAKE MALAWI NATIONAL PARK UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITE ON NAMASO/NKUDZI MOUNTAIN TO INSTALL A WATER RESERVOIR TO SUPPLY MANGOCHI AND MONKEY BAY.
The inlet and their camp is in an advanced stage in Nkudzi Bay.
Now the chosen site to place the reservoir is as illustrated in the image and they are looking the most suitable route for the access escarpment road.
They are going ahead with urgency....

If this project is allowed to proceed in this location it would destroy the most unspoilt area with the biggest trees, the last refuge for wildlife in the Lake Malawi National Park and an area with historical ancient rock paintings from the San bushmen time.
It will also cause erosion, flooding, mudslides and the possible permanent siltation of Namaso Bay, this would affect recreation, existing water supply and create a dead marine environment with no fish where bilharzia and other waterborne diseases will proliferate.
Certain species of Mbuna are only found in these waters off Nkudzi point and no where else in the world.
The area also has the highest density of African fish eagles in the world.
There will also be a higher amount of traffic and an increase in security issues and poaching in Namaso can be expected, not to mention the sound pollution and numerous other negative impacts.
One thing is certain Namaso Bay will never be the same ...
Nobody has been warned, no stakeholders and cottage owners have been consulted.
How can this be permitted? Was there ever a compulsory Environmental Impact Assessment ? The EIA should be publically available at the DCs office in Mangochi so the public can then object to or question the project at the DCs office. Was UNESCO informed?

The project seems to be of high priority as at present there is a 4 day meeting taking place at the construction camp in Nkudzi Bay to finalize the location of the reservoir and the decision where to go ahead with members from Lands Dept, National Parks, Dc, Natural Resources, etc and the construction companies.
Representatives from private sector will make a visit and question the authorities present tomorrow morning.

Piped water supply to all and the LMNP heritage site which hosts more species than any other body of water in the world are important to Malawi’s future.
Surely there are other equally or more suitable places in the vicinity which are less sensitive that should be considered, for example the radio station hill which already has an existing access road and infrastructure.

Additional pipe and a bigger pump to reach the radio station hill instead of the planned destruction will hopefully be considered the better decision for Malawi.

TO ALL CONCERNED, THIS MUST BE STOPPED FORTHWITH!!

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