Somalia: Puntland rolls out new measures to avert deforestation
Sep 6, 2013 - 12:44:28 PM

GAROWE, Somalia Sep. 6, 2013 (Garowe Online) –Puntland Government in northern Somalia has announced new measures intended to avert deforestation and charcoal burning, Garowe Online reports.

Speaking on Puntland-based independent station Radio Garowe on Friday, Puntland’s Deputy Minister of Environment Burhan Elmi Hirsi said “the government is planning to set up gas manufacturing plant in port city of Bossaso” to at least provide alternative source of fuel.

“In an effort to preserve the environment and to prevent forests with rich pasture from depletion, we employed various methods including the creation of public awareness on negative effects of deforestation,” added Mr. Hirsi.

Speaking about the charcoal profiteers, Mr. Elmi warned them of the dangers of continuing lucrative trade of charcoal which he said; in turn have an adverse effect, “Cutting trees is illegal and criminals would face the justice,” he said.

“As a policy intervention and because of we have limited budget to handle the issue [environmental degradation], EU donated $25 million to Puntland government”.

Puntland Ministry of Environment which was established after Abdirahman Mohamed Farole was sworn in as Puntland President in 2009 carried out mass plantation in many cities across Puntland.

Meanwhile, the ministry struggles to designate other source of income for unemployed rural youth who mainly involve in charcoal burning.

Urbanization has been proliferating at an alarming rate over the past twenty years whereas practices including charcoal burning still remain rampant across Somalia.