Bank approves environmental funds for Tanzania’s 180-MW Kihansi

The World Bank has approved an International Development Association credit of US$3.5 million for the Lower Kihansi Environmental Management Project downstream of Tanzania’s 180-MW Kihansi hydroelectric project.

The money will be added to an existing program to save the Kihansi Spray Toad, which experienced a habitat loss as a result of development of the Kihansi project on the Kihansi River at Mlimba. (HNN 8/31/06)

The funds are to fill a financing gap caused by unexpected mortality of the toads in a captive breeding program due to Chytrid fungus. A recovery plan for the re-introduction of the species into its natural habitat will be developed, including restoration, maintenance, and monitoring of the toads’ habitat.

Part of the financing will assist in the establishment of final water rights for Tanzania Electricity Supply Co. (TANESCO) that will support utility operations. An updated environmental management plant also is to be developed, binding TANESCO to compliance with environmental management issues.

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