UN calls for reforestation of Kilimanjaro

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UN calls for reforestation of Kilimanjaro

November 5th, 2016|News Bulletins|

A report released by the United Nations has called for the reforestation of the slopes of Kilimanjaro in effort to reverse the damage done to the mountain’s fragile ecosystem. It is hoped that, if implemented, such a move would safeguard the water supply for the region, so much of which comes from streams emanating from Africa’s highest mountain.

It would also have the knock-on effect of protecting the tourist industry that earns so much for the Tanzanian government.

According to Erik Solheim, head of UN Environment agency: “Across the continent, the damage done to these ecosystems is depriving people of the basic building blocks of life.”

By reforesting the mountain, it is hoped that the water catchment area will be protected and thus safeguard the future of the local agricultural and tourist industries.

About the Author:

I am a little obsessed with Mount Kilimanjaro. Since writing the first edition of the Kilimanjaro guide in 2001 I have climbed the mountain more than 30 times and occasionally leads treks up the mountain myself. And when I'm not in Tanzania researaching for the next edition of the guide (the fifth edition was published in 2018), I can be found living near Hastings, England, updating this website (which was first published in 2006), writing about the national trails of England, answering Kili-related emails and putting on weight.Friends describe me as living proof that virtually anybody can climb Kilimanjaro.