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  • Blog Post: International recognition for Kenya’s Tana River Delta

    Earlier I posted the great news that the Tana River Delta Land Use Plan and the Tana River Delta Strategic Environmental Assessment had won the Royal Town Planning Institute’s inaugural International Award for Planning Excellence at a ceremony in London last week. This is great news and reward...
  • Blog Post: Kenya's Tana River Delta wins RTPI International Award for Planning Excellence

    Great news and lots of pride at the result announced last night at the Royal Town Planning Institute’s awards in London. This is the first time that there has been an International Award for Planning Excellence – and recognises the contribution made by the Tana River Delta Land Use Plan...
  • Blog Post: An hour of inspiration

    Paul Matiku (pictured with me below) is the Director of our BirdLife International partner organisation, NatureKenya and he is in the UK to attend the Royal Town Planning Institute award ceremony. The Tana River Delta Land Use Plan and Strategic Environmental Assessment is a strong contender for...
  • Blog Post: Welcome recognition of the plan for the Tana River Delta

    The future of the Tana River Delta for its people and the wildlife it supports has been a regular feature on this blog. The overwhelming threats to this special place and the successful campaign to save it is one of the most inspirational stories we have featured so it is a real delight to bring news...
  • Blog Post: A Day to Remember - Launch of the Tana Land Use Plan – Monday 27th July

    This blog has featured some long-running stories; one in particular, has stood out for me in terms of the threat to a hugely important wildlife site, the response and now the solution. Sarah Sanders, our Head of Partner Development in Africa and Asia, adds the latest, and very welcome chapter in the...
  • Blog Post: There's no place like home

    How does that old saying go? A man’s home is his castle – it’s his sanctuary, the place where he eats, sleeps and raises his family. Now imagine if yours was under threat. If the only way of life you and the generations before you have ever known was on the verge of disappearing. If...
  • Blog Post: Planning Naturally

    Development and nature can go hand in hand, according to a new report published by an alliance of conservationists and planning experts. 'Planning Naturally - Spatial planning with nature in mind: in the UK and beyond' has been produced by the RSPB, the Royal Town Planning Institute and the...
  • Blog Post: Troubled Times in the Tana Delta

    In earlier posts , we’ve followed the campaign mounted by our colleagues in Nature Kenya to protect the fabulous Tana River Delta from the combined impacts of sugar-cane and biofuels farming together with port development and titanium mining. I’ve just been sent this article appearing...
  • Blog Post: Where bad policy bites

    Now would be a good time to dump the Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation (RTFO). This precipitate law was rushed through without the implications being fully understood (here’s a press release from 2008 setting out the story in more details). In the UK the RTFO is currently forcing 3.5 % inclusion...
  • Blog Post: Kenya’s Tana River Delta proves its worth for birds

    Here at the RSPB we are very proud of our role in the global alliance BirdLife International . Clearly our primary mission is here in the UK but we’ve always recognised the threats to birds, indeed all of nature, aren’t limited by national boundaries. Conservation is an international issue...
  • Blog Post: Land conflict leads to violence in the Tana River Delta

    We’ve been receiving tragic news from Kenya reporting that violent attacks have left villagers dead and communities devastated - here’s coverage on the BBC. The environmental challenges that the area faces have been documented on this blog – as has the close working relationship...
  • Blog Post: The future brightens for the Tana River Delta

    Here’s some great news from Kenya’s Tana River Delta – and a new chapter in a story we’ve following on this blog for three years - here's the beginning of the story. In a historic landmark ruling, the Kenyan judiciary have ruled in favour of the communities that had taken...
  • Blog Post: Time to end the big green biofuels con

    The current biofuels policies in the UK and Europe are driving habitat destruction in places such as Kenya and are perversely contributing to the emissions of greenhouse gases and thus making climate change worse. This much we know – and we’ve been following the stories of the Tana...
  • Blog Post: Tana River Delta

    On World Wetlands Day we featured some of East Africa's most important (and threatened) wetlands. You can listen, here , to the voice of Fahad Mohamed Musa - the captain of a dhow sailing out of the of island of Lamu in the delta of the Tana River. The port development featured in this BBC audio...
  • Blog Post: Time running out for the Tana River Delta

    The race is on to stop Kenya’s Tana River Delta becoming another tragic example of the rush for short term gain crushing the interests of local people and destroying a vital natural environment. You can read about why the Tana River Delta is so special here and there’s an update published...
  • Blog Post: Stepping up for nature’s special places home and away

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  • Blog Post: Impressions of the Tana River Delta

    The relentless rush to ‘grow’ biofuels in countries like Kenya is causing serious problems for local people and threatens to devastate the natural environment. I’ve attempted to explain the ins and outs of the policy arguments in these posts before, here, for example. My colleague...
  • Blog Post: Resistance grows to Tana Delta land grab

    Here’s an important article by Tracy McVeigh in the Guardian – it lays out the stark reality of the pressure that is being put on Kenya (and plenty of other countries) from the foolish rush to develop biofuels driven by, amongst others, policies in Europe. With news of severe drought across...
  • Blog Post: Tana River Delta features in BBC 2 programme

    This blog has followed the intense campaign to save the Tana River Delta in Kenya from the biofuels-driven land grab that currently threatens natural environments, food crop lands and the ways of life of local communities. The issues will be featured in the BBC 2 series Indian Ocean with Simon Reeves...
  • Blog Post: Recognition of the Tana River Delta's world class status

    There is some very good news for the Tana River Delta. The global importance of the Delta has been recognised by its designation as a Ramsar site. In the world of wetland conservation the Ramsar designation is the Oscar, Nobel Prize and gold medal all rolled into one. In a statement from the Ramsar...
  • Blog Post: Communities shape the future of the Tana River Delta

    Helen Byron is just back from a trip to Tana River Delta - here's her guest blog, and if you want to catch up with the story, here's a previous post . Just before Easter I went to Kenya to get involved with the work on the Tana River Delta land use plan/strategic environmental assessment ...
  • Blog Post: Serah is stepping up for nature

    One of the nice things about working at the RSPB’s HQ is that you bump into so many great people. Serah Munguti was the latest, she has featured in these posts before as she fights to save the Tana River Delta and other vital places in Kenya. Serah visiting the Tana River I snatched a...
  • Blog Post: Stepping up from Tana River Delta

    My colleague Helen Byron has recently returned from Kenya with news about the Tana River Delta , where a lot has been happening, as she reports here. On the positive side, I am delighted to report that the land-use planning process for the Delta now firmly underway. I was one of around 65 participants...
  • Blog Post: Failure of land use planning hits local people hard in the Tana Delta

    The Tana River Delta has featured a lot in this blog, but not recently. I’ve received an update from Helen Byron who, as the RSPB’s Senior International Site Casework Officer, has been working closely with our partners, BirdLife Kenya in their campaign to save the Delta. I’ve reported...
  • Blog Post: Stepping Up for the Tana River Delta

    Helen Byron is a regular contributor to this blog, here she gives us the latest on her work to save the Tana River Delta in Kenya. I’ve got a unique job working closely with some of our BirdLife International Partners on their campaigns to save their special places. Our aim is always constructive...