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'It could wreak havoc’: Kenya’s nuclear plan casts a shadow over wildlife and tourism hotspot

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By illuminem briefings

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🗞️ Driving the news: Kenya plans to build its first nuclear plant on Kilifi's coast, a region known for its white sandy beaches, coral reefs, and mangrove swamps
• This proposal has sparked significant opposition from local communities and environmental groups concerned about the impact on wildlife and tourism

🔭 The context: Kilifi's coastal area is a major tourist destination, supporting local economies through activities like boating, snorkeling, and fishing
• The Nuclear Power and Energy Agency (Nupea) plans to start construction in 2027, with the plant operational by 2034, despite local protests and legal challenges over inadequate public consultation and environmental risks

🌍 Why it matters for the planet: The proposed nuclear plant poses risks to Kilifi's biodiversity and tourism, potentially harming aquatic life through thermal pollution and affecting the livelihoods of those dependent on the region's natural resources

⏭️ What's next: Legal battles and public opposition continue as local activists and organizations push for more transparent decision-making and consideration of alternative locations that minimize ecological impact

💬 One quote: “If we really have to invest in nuclear, why can’t [the government] put it in a place that does not cause so much risk to our ecological assets?” — Phyllis Omido, environmental activist

📈 One stat: The proposed £2.9bn nuclear plant is expected to generate 1,000MW of power but faces significant opposition due to environmental and economic concerns

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