Mrisho Gambo, Arusha Regional Commissioner, commended the
move by TMA, saying it will also help promote the country’s
"The center at the mountain will make it a modern park that
would provide accurate data on weather and climate in and
outside Tanzania," he said.
UN calls for reforesting Africa’s highest mountain to tackle
NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Reforesting Africa’s highest mountain
could help protect vital water supplies that are under threat
across large parts of East Africa, according to a newly released
United Nations Environment report.
The report also says protecting East Africa’s mountain
ecosystems will help safeguard the region’s vital tourism
industry, which is worth 7 billion U.S. dollars to East Africa.
"Across the continent, the damage done to these vital
ecosystems is depriving people of the basic building blocks of
life," said Erik Solheim, head of UN Environment.
He said Mount Kilimanjaro is one example of how climate
change is severely damaging Africa’s majestic mountains and the
people who depend on them.
Solheim observed that as climate change intensifies, it is
essential that governments act swiftly to prevent further harm.
The mountains of East Africa are not only highly productive
agricultural areas, they also have unexploited hydro-power
potential for a region crippled by a lack of electricity.
Rivers in the Nile Basin, for example, could generate 20
gigawatts of electricity while the Mau Forest could generate a
further 508 megawatts—enough to meet half of Kenya’s capacity.
Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest in Africa, contributes to over
one third of Tanzania’s total revenue from tourism but is facing
problems ranging from shrinking glacier to rampant wild fires.
The report urges the Tanzanian government to protect the
mountain’s water catchment area by reforesting the mountain,
investing in early warning systems and making climate adaptation
a top priority.
Mount Kilimanjaro forests are a vital source of water for the
surrounding towns and the wider region. Water from the mountain
feeds one of Tanzania’s largest rivers, the Pangani.
The report titled "Sustainable Mountain Development in East
Africa in a Changing Climate" warned that the glaciers are
likely to vanish completely within a few decades as a result of
climate change if urgent action is not taken.
Meanwhile, higher temperatures have increased the number of
wildfires, which have destroyed 13,000 hectares of the
mountain’s forest since 1976.
The town of Moshi, which is located in the foothills of Mount
Kilimanjaro, is already experiencing severe water shortages as
rivers begin to dry up, starving farmland of water in an area
already struggling to cope with a dramatic drop in rainfall.
The report was produced by UN Environment, GRID-Arendal, East
African Community, the Albertine Rift Conservation Society and
It is produced as part of the Mountain Adaptation Outlook
Series, which was launched by UN Environment at the climate
talks in Paris in 2015.
Tanzania launches clean-up campaign on Mount Kilimanjaro
ARUSHA, Tanzania (Xinhua) --
Tanzanian authorities have
launched a national wide special campaign to clean up Mount
Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa which attracts more
than 50,000 tourists annually.
The campaign dubbed ‘leave the mountain clean, conserve
environment so that they can protect you’ came at the time when
the Africa’s roof is overwhelmed with a number of challenges
such as land degradation, non availability of good water, loss
of biodiversity, frequent forest fires and pollution.
Speaking at the official launch of the campaign, Kilimanjaro
Regional Commissioner, Said Meck Sadick said the mountain is an
important cornerstone when it comes to Tanzania’s tourism
The mountain, which is a biosphere reserve and a world
heritage site, generates nearly 30 million U.S. dollars income
annually and employs more than 300,000 people.
"We want this campaign to be successful and sensitize
climbers to respect and conserve the environment in the
Kilimanjaro National Park," the regional chief said, urging tour
operators to take responsibilities of conserving environment of
the park, which is the lifeline for many people.
Sadick described Mount Kilimanjaro as one of the national
values, vowing to take stern measures against illegal loggers in
Director General of the Tanzania National Park Allan Kijazi
said the campaign is meant to make Mount Kilimanjaro remain as
it is and continues to lure more tourists.
According to Kijazi, the Kilimanjaro National Park leads the
16 national parks in terms of revenue collection, adding that
tourism sector contributes 25 percent of the country’s foreign
exchange and 17 percent of the national GDP.
"So, we must ensure that these tourism destinations are
protected for the benefit of the country and the world at
The seven-day clean-up campaign is to involve more than 100
tourism stakeholders. Cleaners will be working on all the
entrance and exit gates of Mount Kilimanjaro.
Norwegian tourist dies while climbing Kilimanjaro
ARUSHA, Tanzania (Xinhua) -- A Norwegian tourist died when
climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest mountain, police
Wilbroad Mutafungwa, Kilimanjaro Regional Police Commander,
said Johan Aclep, 54, died on Saturday while trying to climb the
mountain located in northern Tanzania.
He said that the man started the journey through Rongai gate
in Rombo District, but haphazardly fell sick and died at the
Simba camp, one of the camps on the way to the summit.
This was the third death of tourists in 2016 on the mountain.
In September last year, a Chinese national died of pulmonary
Oedema while climbing the mountain.
In July 2016, a South African race car driver died while
attempting to scale the mountain after experiencing breathing
Climbing Kilimanjaro is described as one of the most
dangerous things for bold adventurers.
Approximately 1,000 people are evacuated from the mountain,
and 10 deaths are reported every year, mainly caused by altitude
sickness, according to some estimates.
South African tourist dies while climbing Tanzania’s Mount
ARUSHA, Tanzania (Xinhua) --
South African racing car driver Gugu Zulu has died while climbing the Africa’s roof, Mount
Kilimanjaro, authorities confirmed.
Pascal Shelutete, spokesperson for the Tanzania National
Parks (TANAPA), said in a statement that the death of the
38-year-old South African national was caused by altitude
TANAPA and other Tanzania’s government agencies were working
on the logistics to transport the body of the victim to South
Africa," the official said.
He said that Zulu started climbing the mountain on July 14,
this year in a trip dubbed; ‘Trek4Mandela initiative’ that saw
prominent South Africans try to summit the mountain for Mandela
"It was the second time for tourists from South Africa to
climb Mount Kilimanjaro as part of honoring Mandela, the late
and former South African President," he said.
Reports said that Zulu was on the mountain with his wife,
Letshego Zulu, and other well-known South Africans and he
experienced problems breathing last night.
The Nelson Mandela Foundation’s Neeran Naidoo said:
"We spoke to two members this morning and we understand he
had problems breathing last night.
"The medical team on the site put him onto a drip and brought
him down from the mountain.
"They tried everything possible to save his life but
unfortunately we lost Gugu this morning."
Zulu was a celebrated and well-established racing driver for
In a statement by the foundation a short while ago, CEO of
the Nelson Mandela Foundation Sello Hatang said:
"I am devastated.
"|I knew him well.
"I recruited him to climb Kilimanjaro.
"The last thing he said to me at the airport before he left
last week was that he wanted to speak about doing other Mandela
"I feel a huge sense of loss."
Climbing Kilimanjaro is probably one of the most dangerous
things you will ever do.
Every year, approximately 1,000 people are evacuated from the
mountain, and approximately 10 deaths are reported.
The actual number of deaths is believed to be two to three
The main cause of death is altitude sickness.
Everyone climbing Mount Kilimanjaro should be familiar with
the symptoms of altitude sickness.
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