17 April 2013

Somalia: President Hassan Marks Arbor Day in Somalia

Mogadishu — In Mogadishu, Somali Federal Government (SFG) President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud met with officials from the UN's Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) to mark Arbor day in Somalia, Garowe Online reports.

President Hassan met with officials from FAO and WFP in Villa Somalia - the presidential compound - to mark the event. President Hassan and the officials discussed projects to fight land degradation in Somalia. FAO is trying to raise 145 million US dollars in funds to fight land degradation in Somalia. Somalia has suffered recurrent droughts and according to FAO, "2.1 million Somalis face acute food insecurity crisis."

After his meeting with officials, President Hassan held a press conference at Villa Somalia in which he said that the export of charcoal - made from burning trees or organic substances in a closed space - was prohibited. "There are laws banning the export of charcoal, such as the law in Somalia issued in the 1970s as well as the UN resolutions on the export of charcoal.

Again I'm telling the people that the export of charcoal is a crime," reiterated President Hassan. After planting a tree in Villa Somalia, President Hassan urged Somalis to plant trees in their homes, a point echoed by FAO representative Luca Alinova. President Hassan said that his government would work on reducing land degradation.


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