Tanzania had started plans to build a commercial highway across the Serengeti National Park in order to facilitate traffic and tourism in that area, but the case has been lost against the African Network for Animal Welfare (ANAW), a Kenyan based organization for animal welfare, who had filed the case in 2010.
When President Jakaya Kikwete made his promise to build this new road across the National Park, many environmentalists and animal protection organizations were against it due to the damage this would cause to both the park itself and to its ecosystem. Efforts were made by these organizations to stop the construction of the road, but the plans were still going on despite these pressures – until now.
The East African Court of Justice (EACJ) ruled on June 20th that this new road would damage the ecosystem of the Serengeti, and that the plans would therefore be rejected. Once damaged, ecosystems cannot be replaced or repaired so this decision had to be made very carefully as these actions would be irreversible.
The Serengeti is very famous for its animal migration that attracts a very high amount of tourists each year, and this road would have disrupted this migration. With more disadvantages than advantages, the final decision has therefore been made and the plans of the road have been stopped.