Archive for September, 2012

Zainab Ansell: Entrepreneur with environment at heart

POVERTY and environmental degradation are twins and their parent is ignorance. The efforts made by the government and non governmental organizations are meaningless if the Tanzanians themselves will not take part in the fight against environmental degradation.

Despite the fact that the government of Tanzania through the National Environmental Management Council (NEMC) has been advocating environmental preservation, most Tanzanians are doing the contrary. Tanzanians ought to understand that environmental degradation has negative consequences such as food shortages.

Crops provide good yields depending on the availability of reliable rainfall, good irrigation and use of acceptable and quality manure, among other factors. Forests and bushes attract rainfall which is a key factor in supporting agricultural activities. In Kilimanjaro Region, the government and other environmental stakeholders including NGOs, CBOs, and some companies in collaboration with the Kilimanjaro National park (KINAPA) have made so many efforts to conserve the environment in the region targeting Mt. Kilimanjaro ‘buffer zone’.

Ms Ansell, is one of Great Woman Entrepreneurs in Tanzania who attended the Global Report on Women in Tourism (GRWT) conference, a joint with United Nations World Tourism Organizations (UNWTO) last year marking a new era for tackling gender issues in the tourism sector. It provides detailed statistical information on women’s role andstatus in the tourism industry, offering recommendations on how to improve the current situation. Read More

September 28, 2012 at 7:31 am Leave a comment

Seven World Wonders of Africa

The Tanzania National Park (TANAPA) has sent Information Communication and Technology (ICT) specialists to different schools, colleges and institutions countrywide in a bid to mobilise more people to vote for national natural attractions including; Mount Kilimanjaro, the Ngorongoro Conservation Area and the Serengeti National Park to be included in the list of the Seven World Wonders of Africa.

TANAPA Director General, Allan Kijazi, said this over the weekend during the 5th graduation ceremony for form four students of Bendel Memorial Secondary School in Moshi.

The event was accompanied by a fund raiser which would help in the construction of a library and an administrative block for the school. read more

September 28, 2012 at 7:08 am Leave a comment

Mount Kilimanjaro is a winner.

26 September 2012

According to a recent study, earnings from the Mount Kilimanjaro climb, contribute to the world’s most successful transfer of resources 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. read more

September 28, 2012 at 7:03 am Leave a comment

DailyNews Online Edition – Zainab Ansell: Entrepreneur with environment at heart

DailyNews Online Edition – Zainab Ansell: Entrepreneur with environment at heart.

September 13, 2012 at 7:13 am Leave a comment


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