The Somali Media for Environment, Science, Health and Agriculture (SOMESHA) thrilled to support the community movement against the cutting of trees and the making of charcoal which can lead to deforestation and desertification, as a result, made the country more vulnerable to the impacts of climate change.
At least 500 people from different districts with different villages in Galgaduud region of Somalia met at Boddhere village near Gur-el district including elders, youth, pastoralists and religious leaders to avert the making of charcoal throughout the region on March 8, 2012.
Sheikh Hussein Hashi Rage who was member of the meeting organizers told SOMESHA that they were agreed to prevent the environment and deforestation as well as the depletion of the regional wildlife resources.
“Most of us were from pastoral community in the region due to lack of proper rains, water shortage and we agreed to defend the food of our children as well as our animals including the goats and camels” Sheikh Hussein added
Although, the people of the region decided to protect their environment the current policy administrative system in the region was also agreed to support the community as they strive to defend their natural resources actually in accordance with Mr. Abdulahi Mohamed Halle who represented the regional administration and member of Ahlusuna waljamea who controlled the region.
In generally, there are similar activities in Somaliland, Puntland and Galmudug regional states against the cutting of trees in order to protect the nature and its resources but there are no proper linkages among the whole community in Somalia when the environmental protection campaigns a curs.
Though, Somalia has experienced dramatic environmental shifts following two decades of insecurity and chaos SOMESHA encourages the other regional community to do so in order to make sure the protection of Somalia’s environment widely.