Sign in to follow this  

War blamed for spread of desert in Somalia

Recommended Posts


War blamed for spread of desert in Somalia

By Alex Kiprotich


The current instability in Somalia has contributed to desertification.


Environment minister Kalonzo Musyoka yesterday said the country could soon become a desert if no measures were taken.


"Somalis have continued to cut down trees for charcoal thus affecting rain patterns," he said.


"Deforestation has led to harsh climatic conditions in areas neighbouring Somalia occasioning drought and famine," said Kalonzo.


The minister, who was addressing journalists at Gigiri during the opening of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) conference, said the problem was real.


He said the Government was looking for ways to deal with land degradation, which affects food security.


He said the war against poverty could not be won unless environmental issues were addressed.


"The effort by the Government to combat poverty cannot be won without addressing land degradation," Musyoka said.


More than 100 ministers worldwide are expected to attend the meeting which started yesterday.


Kalonzo said the Government signed the treaty to combat desertification in 1994 and was ratified in 1997.


He said the national action plan on the fight against desertification was complete. The minister said he would release the report during the two-week conference.


The executive secretary of UNCCD Hama Diallo said 250 million people worldwide were affected by land degradation and more than a billion people faced starvation.


Sustainable land management practices, he said, were needed to address drought and food insecurity.


"Due to the fact that long term food productivity is threatened by soil degradation, sound management practices should be adopted," said Diallo.


He said developed countries should aid the affected countries mostly in sub Sahara Africa.


"Sustainable development can be achieved with the help of the international community," he said.

Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites

Kaaga darane, the charcoal mining nomads have the latest equipment for tree cutting. It is not the old fashioned "Masaar" anymore but powerful chainsaws. This practice of tree cutting made headways into the deep south and in smaller towns. It is big business. If you have a tree in front of your house, people will beg you to cut it down before they get to the closest one in the desert several miles away. Can you imagine such madness?

Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Restore formatting

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

Sign in to follow this