Climate change and Mount Kilimanjaro

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Mount Kilimanjaro, being the highest peek of Africa, is a national treasure for Tanzania and attracts thousands of tourists each year. However, from 1912 to today, this majestic mountain has lost close to 30 percent of its ice due to the effects of global warming.

Residents are very concerned about what is being done by the government to protect the mountain and the communities nearby, as well as how much ice the mountain has lost exactly.

The deputy minister stated that efforts made by the government included pushing developed countries to reduce their green gas emission by 5.2% (under the Kyoto Protocol), as well as the implementation of a sustainable development program on the land use in African countries. This plan, which is being financed by the United Nations Development Fund, will cost about $3million and will be going on for a total of four years.

Government officials have stated that they are aware of the negative effects of global warming on the mountain, and are taking action to protect it. A tree planting exercise is also taking place in the region, and tree harvesting for timber has been banned in the Kilimanjaro region (except for people with permits).

The future plan is to set up another similar program once this four-years UNDP program will be done, in order to maximize the efforts to conserve this beautiful mountain and the communities around it.