Thursday, December 20, 2007

A reader asks what I mean by illegal alienations...

The meaning of illegal alienations of National Parks and forests is fully explained in my blogs and, which deal specifically with attempts to alienate parts of the Mosi Oa Tunya National Park (part of the Victoria Falls World Heritage Site) and the actual alienation of the northern section of the West Mvuvye National Forest. In the case of Mosi, the 220 ha illegally given on long lease to hotel developers was cancelled as a result of the opposition of concerned conservationists, local citizens and the the international tourism industry. In the case of West Mvuvye, the Surveyor-General recently gave orders for the cancellation of a 99 year (renewable) leashold held by some businessmen. To date, none of those responsible have been prosecuted; the only lasting impact being the on-going harassment of the main whistleblower by the Government.

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