Likely negative consequences of SGR construction for wildlife

The standard gauge railway inside Tsavo National Park in Taita Taveta. PHOTO | SALATON NJAU | NATION MEDIA GROUP

What you need to know:

  • A quarter of the 487km track runs through the Tsavo Conservation Area, home to Kenya’s largest surviving elephant population about 12,000 as well as other wildlife species.
  • This presents a challenge.

The new standard gauge railway linking Mombasa to Nairobi is without a doubt the most important transport project in the country since the building of the first railway in the early 20th century. It is a flagship project under the Vision 2030 blueprint, whose goal is to transform the country into a middle-income industrialised economy by 2030. But a quarter of the 487km track runs through the Tsavo Conservation Area, home to Kenya’s largest surviving elephant population about 12,000 as well as other wildlife species. This presents a challenge.

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