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October 23, 2016
Reforesting Africa’s highest mountain could help protect vital water supplies that are under threat across large parts of East Africa, according to a newly released United Nations Environment report.
The report also says protecting East Africa’s mountain ecosystems will help safeguard the region’s vital tourism industry, which is worth 7 billion U.S. dollars to East Africa.
“Across the continent, the damage done to these vital ecosystems is depriving people of the basic building blocks of life,” said Erik Solheim, head of UN Environment.
He said Mount Kilimanjaro is one example of how climate change is severely damaging Africa’s majestic mountains and the people who depend on them.
Solheim observed that as climate change intensifies, it is essential that governments act swiftly to prevent further harm.
The mountains of East Africa are not only highly productive agricultural areas, they also have unexploited hydro-power potential for a region crippled by a lack of electricity.