On Thursday 21st April 2016 Tanzanian authorities launched a nationwide special campaign to clean up Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa. The campaign dubbed ‘leave the mountain clean, conserve environment so that they can protect you’ has come at a time when 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.
The mountain, which is a biosphere reserve and a world heritage site, generates nearly $30 million 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.
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.
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