ni Uhai - Water is Life
The Maji ni
Uhai (Water is Life) project was focused upon the Great Ruaha
River in Tanzania. This major river used to run all year round,
from central Tanzania, to the coast. It goes through the heart
of the Ruaha National Park, the second largest in Tanzania, whilst
also providing almost half of the country's electricity at the
hydroelectric dams downstream from Iringa. However, problems in
the catchment for this river have meant that despite no real decrease
in rainfall, the river now dries up completely for most of the
year. The surrounding area, the industries, the people, the National
Park and the environment are all suffering as a result of this.
In the surrounding area there are many signs of desertification,
drought and environmental degradation.