From 2001 to 2017, Tanzania lost 2.19 million hectares of tree cover, equivalent to a 8.3% decrease since 2000. Loss of tree cover on Kilimanjaro and other East African mountains has been linked to lower rainfall patterns and increased temperatures. Wildfires are occurring more frequently on the mountain, accelerating the destruction of forests. Because there are now fewer trees to trap water from clouds, the annual amount of dew on the mountain is believed to have fallen by 25 per cent. Glaciers in the region have decreased by 80% since the 1990s.
Most of the population in these mountainous areas live and work on small farms. They will be hit first, and hardest, by the effects of climate disasters such as floods and wildfires. By working together with these communities, this project seeks to empower local people with education, tools, and economic incentives to make positive change, protect their future and save the unique mountain ecosystems in the region.
Photos above and below by Andrew Mavinkovich for the Kilimanjaro Project.
The TreeTracker app helps local planters get paid for their efforts and encourages a long-term relationship between individuals and the trees they're planting – both economically and environmentally.
Increasing tree cover on Mt Kilimanjaro will help stabilize rainfall patterns and regulate the climate, lessening the impact of drought, wildfires, and other natural disasters.
The mountains in East Africa receive more rain than
lowland areas and play a key role in capturing, storing
and purifying water. Protect mountain forests, protect the region's water supply!
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