IUCN - Climate and human pressures on Kilimanjaro

Climate and human pressures on Kilimanjaro

01 July 2010 | Audio

Declared a World Heritage Site in 1987, Kilimanjaro National Park in Tanzania is unique for its inactive volcano surrounded by forests and plains, and covered by snow.

Recent droughts have killed hundreds of cattle and wildlife and the ice cap on the highest peak in Africa is continuing to melt. The fact that the area bordering the park is the most densely populated in the country is adding to the challenges this World Heritage Site is facing.

Ephraim Mwangomo, Park Ecologist at Tanzania National Parks, talks about the threats to Kilimanjaro and the benefits of the park's natural resources to local communities.