Mwanza — More 75,000 people worldwide have petitioned President Jakaya Kikwete over poaching and planned development projects that threaten the environment.
The Germany NGO, Rainforest Rescue asked Kikwete to: 'take vigorous action to protect your country's nature and its wildlife by curbing destructive business projects.
We call on you, to take decisive steps to stop the wholesale poaching of elephants, without action on your part, the days of these magnificent creatures (elephants) are numbered.'
The protest letter was launched on January, 25, 2014 and by last week 75,321 people worldwide had signed the petition to President Kikwete.
It was sent through the Tanzania Directorate of Presidential Communications.
The petitioners are concerned about Tanzania's dwindling elephants in the national parks and game reserves.
Also the threat posed by the proposed projects like the highway passing in the Serengeti National Park, and the proposed soda ash factory at Lake Natron.
The highway, conservationists say, would disturb the Serengeti ecosystem while the soda ash would threaten the breeding grounds of the 2.5 million Lesser Flamingo.
Concerns also are about Tanzania's plan to construct a new habour at Mwambani, Tanga believed to threaten the Tanga Coelacanth Marine Park.
Tanzania also is on the spot following uranium mining in Selous Game Reserve and a huge dam on Rufiji River.
Kikwete has remained firm that the projects are vital.