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East African initiative to study sustainability of mega-projects

A new partnership between East Africa, China and the UK will study ways to minimise negative environmental impacts of mega-projects such as construction of a port near Lamu on the coast of Kenya.

The four-year, £5 million (US$6.6m) project will look at East African mega-projects’ impacts on forests, wildlife and ecosystems. It is one of 37 projects that have won funding from the UK’s Global Challenges Research Fund.

East Africa is replete with large infrastructure projects, many of them receiving financial support from China. For example, Kenya has developed a multi-billion-dollar railway linking Mombasa to the interior of the country. The railway cuts through two game reserves, affecting movement of wildlife, despite opposition from conservation groups.

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