Somali President Unveils Cutting-Edge LPG Storage Facility to Battle Deforestation Crisis

In Mogadishu, Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud opened the new LPG Storage Center, a crucial step in combating deforestation and environmental degradation in Somalia. He praised local officials and businessmen for supporting the country’s environmental protection and reconstruction efforts.

President Mohamud believes accessible gas is key to a sustainable and self-sufficient Somalia, urging for prices that reflect the economic realities facing Somali households. He also called on Somali entrepreneurs to invest in the country’s economic infrastructure, emphasizing the need for domestic gas production to meet local demands and drive equitable growth for all citizens.

Environmental Journalists for Somalia (EJS) highlighted the destructive impact of charcoal demand on deforestation and drought in Somalia. This has led to climate-related disasters in various parts of the country over the past three decades.

The UNCCD reported that 8.2 million trees were cut down for charcoal in Somalia between 2011 and 2017, contributing to land degradation, food insecurity, flooding, and drought. Currently, over 160,000 people, mostly children, are affected by flooding caused by heavy rains in Somalia.

The inauguration of the LPG Storage Center signifies a significant step forward for Somalia, showing a dedication to environmental conservation and a promising economic future.

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