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UN body donates 6000 treelings to back afforestation in Somali

United Nations University for Peace (UPEACE) has donated 6,000 treelings in a bid to support Somalia’s President Dr Hassan Sheikh’s afforestation campaign.

The trees which were handed over to the Ministry of Environment will be planted in Mogadishu to boost biodiversity and climate resilience in the country

UPEACE is the first organisation to respond to the President’s initiative which was launched in October last year.

The project aims to plant 10 million trees across Somali to help in curbing deforestation amid devastating droughts

The Somali leader planted the inaugural seedlings of a Tamarind tree in Mogadishu.

“The primary aim of UPEACE was to promote peace and address conflicts. Climate changes are becoming the main reason for conflict among pastoralists due to the scarcity of water and pasture,” said Dr Mohamed Yussuf, UPEACE country director, during a ceremony held at Aden Adde Airport during the arrival of the treelings.

UPEACE’s effort in contributing to the Somali Government’s greening initiative is in line with AU’s “Great Green Wall”, which aims to restore 250 million acres of degraded land and bring security to one of the most impoverished regions on earth, stemming conflict and stopping mass migration.

In Somalia, multidimensional and interlinked aspects of climate change, land degradation and food insecurity hamper sustainable development, and famine remains a systematic risk.

Assistant minister of the Ministry of Environment in Somalia Dr Said Mohamed Ali commended UPEACE University for the initiative to donate the trees.

“The donation will help us implement the President’s plan to have a hundred thousand trees planted in Mogadishu by December. Greening Somalia is a top environmental priority for the government, and it will go a long way in addressing challenges caused by Climate change,” he said.

The minister noted that Deforestation was a problem everywhere, but Somalia was suffering much more as nearly 2.5 million trees yearly are being cut making the country worse.

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