Somalia has banned logging as well as the export of charcoal from the country with immediate effect, the state-run radio has reported.
The decision was reached during the weekly Thursday cabinet meeting and followed “long and hard discussions”, Radio Mogadishu said on its website.
According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, Somalia’s forest and woodland resources have suffered badly from recurrent droughts and serious tree cutting.
It says “irrespective to charcoal exports, it can hardly meet the local demands for wood-fuel, charcoal, building materials, feed,furniture etc”.
The absence of a strong central authority for many years has also worsened the situation.
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