Africa’s transport blueprint may be road to ruin for flora and fauna, study says

Road and rail corridors threaten to wreck pristine wilderness as they open up land for mining with little guarantee of agricultural benefits, scientists warn

Many new road and rail ‘‘development corridors’’ planned to crisscross Africa in the name of economic development could destroy the continent’s equatorial forests and savannahs, lead to many people invading protected areas and have only limited chances of increasing agricultural production, say scientists in a new study.

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from Sustainable development | The Guardian
via http://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2015/dec/08/africa-transport-blueprint-could-be-road-to-ruin-wildlife-study-says

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