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WWF Tanzania Partners with Tigo to restore the Kilimanjaro ecosystem

WWF Tanzania in collaboration with Tigo, and Kilimanjaro National Park Authority (KINAPA) Tanzania National Parks Authority (TANAPA), proudly announces the launch of the Tigo Green For Kili Tree Planting Project phase 4. This initiative, set against the backdrop of the iconic Mount Kilimanjaro, aims to combat deforestation, foster environmental sustainability, and cultivate a greener future for local communities.

The project, which is a continuation of a similar project launched in 2021, with a projected estimate of planting over 10,000 tree seedlings, phase 4 will see the planting of 22,500 tree seedlings in  Mbahe – Marangu and Ungwasi -  Rombo  in Kilimanjaro conservation area.

Speaking at the launch event of the environmental restoration activity at Mengeni Kitasha village in Rombo, the Kilimanjaro Regional Commissioner Mr Nurdine Babu said that community should realize the importance of the steps taken today. Planting trees is not just the act of planting a tree in the ground but a promise to build a sustainable future for future generations.

“It is our mission to restore the natural beauty of Mount Kilimanjaro and ensure that its resources are well taken care of.  This tree planting campaign organized by the Tigo, in collaboration with WWF and KINAPA, teaches us that each of us has a responsibility to protect the environment. No matter where we come from or what position we have in society, we need to work hard to achieve our goal of making Tanzania a green country again.” He added.

Speaking during the tree planting initiative the Tigo Deputy Northern Zone Director Daniel Mainoya said "Tigo is proud to collaborate with WWF Tanzania, KINAPA and in this vital endeavor, we are committed to making a tangible difference in the preservation of Mount Kilimanjaro's biodiversity and ecosystem. The Tigo Green for Kili Tree Planting Project underscores Tigo's commitment to corporate social responsibility and environmental stewardship. By reimagining Mount Kilimanjaro as a safe, healthy, and green sanctuary, the project endeavors to leave a lasting legacy for generations to come."

“Moreover, the Tigo Green for Kili initiative aligns with broader global efforts to mitigate the effects of climate change. Mount Kilimanjaro, renowned for its majestic snow-capped peak, has witnessed a decline in snow cover over the past four years due to global warming. Illegal logging, forest fires, and unsustainable practices further impair environmental degradation in the area.” Remarked Mainoya.

The WWF Conservation Manager Dr. Lawrence Mbwambo, said that the project is very important for environmental conservation in the Kilimanjaro region, especially for the Mount Kilimanjaro and its water sources, which are used by the communities around the mountain for agriculture, livestock and it is also important for the wildlife which is a tourist attraction.

WWF with Tigo and other environmental stakeholders will continue to invest our efforts to ensure that the water sources are well preserved and protected for the benefit of the surrounding community and future generation”. He added.

The project's objectives extend beyond tree planting, encompassing broader conservation efforts such as restoring the Ungwasi Water catchment and engaging the Regional and District administration, the local community, Kilimanjaro National Park Authority (KINAPA), and Pangani River Basin. By fostering partnerships and community involvement, Tigo seeks to achieve lasting positive impact in the region
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THe Kilimanjaro Regional Commissioner Nurdine Babu officiating the Tigo Kili Green tree planting campaign