Think Pink - save Africa's flamingos
Three-quarters of the world population of Lesser Flamingos live in breed in East Africa. Many depend on Tanzania’s Lake Natron as a breeding site. Food is plentiful, nesting sites abound – and above all, the lake is isolated and undisturbed.
But in recent months, the Tanzanian Government and the Indian company Tata Chemicals have put forward proposals to build a large-scale industrial plant to extract soda ash from Lake Natron’s water, via a network of pipes across the surface of the lake. A new road and rail infrastructure would be built to serve the soda ash plant.
BirdLife International believes the development and associated infrastructure will displace and scatter the 500,000 pairs of Lesser Flamingos which nest at Lake Natron. It takes very little disturbance to cause an entire breeding colony to abandon its nests.
'Think Pink - save Africa's flamingos' is BirdLife’s campaign to stop the proposed development at Lake Natron.
On these pages you will find everything you need to know about the soda ash proposal, its potential impact on the flamingos – and why its must be stopped. Think Pink and help BirdLife save Lesser Flamingo – one of Africa’s most beautiful birds.
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