Although Calmadow range remains inaccessible for clearance, some parts of the Sool area are extremely vulnerable. The acceleration of Acacia bussei (Galool) forest loss for charcoal trade since the nineties indicate that the remaining Acacia forests in the Sool and bush land area near Calmadow , is likely to be wiped out in the next few years, unless urgent action is taken.

The Acacia bussei (Galool) is one of the economically and traditionally most important species found in Somalia. It produces excellent charcoal, fodder, building materials, shade, medicine etc. If it is cut for charcoal, it will take 40 years to get a replacement Galool to grow to a stage suitable for charcoal.

After the collapse of the Somali Government, many people started illegal trade of this tree for charcoal export to the Gulf Countries and there is now a greater danger for desertification to spread in the Sool area. Much of this lucrative trade is illegal under International regulations and there is now an urgent need to reverse this trend. Trees cant speak for themselves-only you can speak out for them, help to stop this cruel business now before it is too late.

UPDATE:

Finally, in 2018 the Somali Government, the UN and some professionals at least got together in a UN sponsored conference - to discuss again:

International Conference on Charcoal

Unfortunately nature protection and alternative energy experts, foresters, ecologist, wildlife specialist, civil society and practitioners were not invited to this kind of in-house workshop.

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