The National Development Corporation (NDC) has said that the proposed soda ash extracting factory on the shores of Lake Natron can co-exist with the flamingos.
The NDC Head of Infrastructure and Energy, Mr. Pascal Malesa said in Dar es Salaam that the corporation was at the moment looking for sustainable mining technology for the area. He said they are waiting for the ongoing studies in the area to be completed before the project takes off, but they believe that the flamingo population will not be extinct.
He added that flamingos were importnt for the country’s economy because they attract tourists in the area, but added that the project was equally worthwhile. According to Mr. Malesa, several studies were carried out earlier and right now flamingo breeding experts are at the site studying the behaviour of the species to establish risks, if any, before the project takes off.
The NDC Corporate Affairs Manager, Mr. Abel Ngapemba said environmentalists still have their concerns over the project, but NDC was working closely with the National Environment Management Council (NEMC) and experts from University of Dar es Salaam in addressing the matter. He said the sensitivity of the area comes from the fact that 70 per cent of the world flamingos breed at Lake Natron, but they are optimistic that the project can still take off without affecting the birds.