Kilimanjaro Petition To Stop Construction of a Cable Car System
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WE the members of the global community, ask the Tanzanian government to protect the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Mount Kilimanjaro (Kilimanjaro National Park), by ceasing efforts to construct a cable car system within the park.
The Tanzanian Government is working on placing a cable car system in Kilimanjaro National Forest, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, on the protected slopes of Kilimanjaro to the summit. Currently multiple foreign investors are conducting a cost study.
We believe that a cable car system will destroy the Kilimanjaro climbing industry, devastating the 30,000 plus natives whose livelihood depends on those employed supporting climbing expeditions. A massive cable car system will also forever damage this protected World Heritage site, which is the most prominent natural wonder of Africa, turning it into a park ride.
Reaching the summit is also an exclusive goal that makes Kilimanjaro unique among all continental highest peaks. It’s a global point of pride in Tanzania, that should be preserved for future generations to strive for.
We plan on presenting this petition to Constantine Kanyasu, Tanzania’s Deputy Minister for Natural Resources and Tourism, as well as other high ranking Tanzanian political figures and news organizations around the world, and ask them to preserve this fragile world heritage site, for all future generations.
A key management issue of the National Park is maintaining the aesthetic quality of the property as a spectacular natural site. Protecting its visual integrity and sustaining its natural integrity are key management issues. Key viewpoints to the property also need to be protected, including from Arusha and Amboseli where the most famous views of the Mount Kilimanjaro can be seen.
Currently 3 UNESCO World Heritage sites in Tanzania are already endangered, so we are working to prevent this hiking and climbing treasure from becoming the 4th site to become endangered.
The Tanzania Porters Association is opposing this project as it WILL result in a MASSIVE JOB LOSS.
Currently 50,000 visitors spend 7 to 14 days in the local communities acclimating and on Mount Kilimanjaro. Cable cars will eliminate the need for long stays, ending the need for spending money supporting the local community .
One climber can have up to 15 people employed to support them. These 15 people have families, children and elderly who they support. These are the people living on the edge of poverty who will lose everything.
Tourism is the main source of income for Tanzania, known for beaches, wildlife Safaris and Mount Kilimanjaro already bringing in $2.43 billion a year.
A cable car will shift these dollars from the local communities who need these funds to survive, to the Tanzanian government. The surrounding villages will never recover from this loss.
Environmentalists around the globe are greatly concerned regarding the impending impact of not only the cable cars, but the supporting infrastructure which will also be a blight on one of the worlds most beautiful mountains.
This increase of tourists on the very fragile ecosystem, may take decades to recover from.
The argument for the cable car is to provide more access to people who want to stand on the highest peak. Currently people as young as 6 and as old as 85 have completed the climb, also many disabled individuals and wounded warriors have also completed the summit.
Tourism poses a significant threat and careful planning of related infrastructure and access development is required. Human pressure on the property needs to be managed, which can result otherwise in illegal harvest of its resources, encroachments to park boundary and blockage of migratory routes and dispersal areas. Education programs and integration of park management with all involved partners and stakeholders, including the surrounding rural population, is essential to mitigate the impact of destructive projects such as a cable car system to the summit.
Kilimanjaro National Park was included into UNESCO’s World Heritage Site List in 1987, by meeting Criterion #7 (vii): At 5,895 m, Kilimanjaro is the highest point in Africa. This volcanic massif stands in splendid isolation above the surrounding plains, with its snowy peak looming over the Savannah. The mountain is encircled by mountain forest. Numerous mammals, many of them endangered species, live in the park.
With its snow-capped peak and glaciers, it is the highest mountain in Africa. The mountain has five main vegetation zones from the lowest to the highest point: Lower slopes, montane forest, heath and moorland, alpine desert and summit. The whole mountain including the montane forest belt is very rich in species, in particular mammals, many of them endangered species. For this combination of features but mostly its height, its physical form and snow cap and its isolation above the surrounding plains, Mount Kilimanjaro is considered an outstanding example of a superlative natural phenomenon.
Kilimanjaro National Park is protected under national legislation as a National Park and a management plan is in place. The property requires an effective and managing organization, including sufficient well equipped ranger presence to be able to carry out surveillance and implementation of the management plan. -- Source (https://whc.unesco.org/en/list/403 , https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_World_Heritage_Sites_in_Tanzania
We people of the world, hereby sign this petition to ask that Mount Kilimanjaro be preserved not just today, but for all future generations. We want to pass along this world treasure to future generations, unspoiled and unsullied.
This proposed change to Kilimanjaro and it's surrounding park is forever, and not something we can come back from.
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