Mapping experts from Kenya and Tanzania meet on border demarcation

By APOLINARI TAÏRO

A team of land officials and mapping experts from Tanzania and Kenya inspected the common territorial boundary delimiting the Serengeti National Park and the Maasai Mara Game Reserve.

Land officials from the two countries have been meeting at the border since Tuesday this week regarding the border demarcation program currently being implemented between these two neighboring states.

Hamdouny Mansoor, Director of Surveys and Mapping at Tanzania’s Ministry of Lands, Housing and Human Settlements Development, co-chaired the meeting with Juster Nkoroi, CEO of the Kenya International Boundaries Bureau (KIBO).

The team of mapping experts and land officials visited the Kirongwe region in Tanzania and Muhuru Bay in Migori County, Kenya, then the Serengeti and Maasai Mara game parks, a statement said on Thursday. published by the Tanzanian Ministry of Lands.

A total of 83 kilometers of the common border have been demarcated with beacons to indicate the actual border of each country, the statement added.

Preparations are underway to demarcate 110 kilometers from Lake Natron to Namanga in Longido district on the Tanzanian side.

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Last month, members of the Tanzanian Parliament’s Parliamentary Committee on Lands, Natural Resources and Tourism visited the Serengeti and Maasai Mara ecosystem to inspect demarcation progress following misunderstandings between tour operators from Tanzania and Kenya on the actual border.

The Serengeti and Maasai Mara parks are encompassed in the same ecosystem in Tanzania and Kenya.

The beacons between the Serengeti National Park and the Maasai Mara Game Reserve have been painted green and other natural colors to blend in with the surroundings.

The northern regions of Tanzania are mainly affected by the cross-border movement of cattle herders in search of green pastures, a common practice that has existed for many years.

Kenya shares a 758 kilometer border with Tanzania.

The border was demarcated by the German and British colonial governments in 1893 as part of the Anglo-German Agreement and later the 1906 Protocol which defined the current regional border between these two neighboring states.

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