According to a recent study, earnings from climbing Mount Kilimanjaro contribute to the world’s most successful transfer of rescources to a local community.
Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete has brought to the public arena the country’s changing weather patterns that have resulted in the declining snow om Mount Kilimanjaro,and how the Mountain makes a huge contribution to local communities.
He said “in many parts of Tanzania, the temperature has increased by about 0.2 to 0.6 degree centigrade over the last 30 years and the impact is evidenced by the fast decline in snow on Mount Kilimanjaro and the advent of malaria in high altitude temperate regions that were formerly malaria free.Weather patterns have indeed changed significantly, in Tanzania, making rainfall less predictable while droughts have become both frequent in occurrence and last longer”
Mount Kilimanjaro which is Africa’s highest peak attracts more than 35,000 annual climbers and the earnings from the total in-country tourists expenditure is averaged at approximately US$ 50 million per year.
According to the SNV-Overseas Development Institute (ODI) study, the earnings generated by Mount Kilimanjaro per year, is also a significant economic input in a rural context. The study found that 28 percent of the tourism earnings from Mount Kilimanjaro which is equivalent to over US$ 13 million is considered “pro-poor expenditure” in that it goes directly to the local communities in the region.
One key point that has arisen from this study funded by the Netherlands Development Organization (SNV), is that earnings from the mountain climb constitute the world’s highest and most successful transfer of resources from international tourists to poor people in the local community.