Published: Sunday 30 September 2001

A Canadian company's move to build a titanium loading facility off the Kenyan coast threatens to cause irreparable environmental damage, indicates a study. Tiomin Resources Incorporation plans to build the facility as part of its us $165 million titanium mining project near a marine conservation park in the Kwale district. A three-month study by the International Fund for Animal Welfare (ifaw) shows that the facility would prove fatal for the area's ecosystem. "It would be advisable to adopt the precautionary principle. The company should shelve its plans for preserving biodiversity," said Michael Wamithi, ifaw regional director for east Africa.

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