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Record number 547263
Title Forty Years of Climate and Land-Cover Change and its Effects on Tourism Resources in Kilimanjaro National Park
Author(s) Kilungu, Halima; Leemans, Rik; Munishi, Pantaleo K.T.; Nicholls, Sarah; Amelung, Bas
Source Tourism Planning and Development 16 (2019). - ISSN 2156-8316 - p. 235 - 253.
DOI https://doi.org/10.1080/21568316.2019.1569121
Department(s) WIMEK
Environmental Systems Analysis Group
Publication type Refereed Article in a scientific journal
Publication year 2019
Keyword(s) attractions - climate - Kilimanjaro - land-cover - last chance tourism - tourism
Abstract

This study explores the effects of observed changes in rainfall, temperature and land cover on the physical and sightseeing aspects of trekking in Kilimanjaro National Park. The impact analysis is organised around hazard-activity pairs approach, combinations of environmental change aspects (such as higher temperatures) and tourism activities (such as trekking and sightseeing). The results suggest that higher temperatures and reduced rainfall have lowered the risks of landslides, rock fall and mountain sickness, improving physical trekking conditions. Changes in land cover have affected sightseeing: there now are more flowers and groundsels to admire and less wildlife, waterfalls and snow. In the short term, the disappearing snow may give rise to “last chance tourism”, increasing visitation, but eventually, the loss of snow and forest cover will likely decrease the number of tourists. The paper concludes that effective management of the attractions in the expanding heathlands is the most promising option to limit the losses.

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