Somalia’s environment– an irreplaceable treasure is in danger

17 Dec 2014
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“Change is in the air in Somalia. After decades of conflict, peace is at reach and emerging institutions have begun to tackle Somalia’s burning issues. Among these issues is one which more often than not falls off the agenda: the environment.

Environmental degradation has a huge impact on the lives of the people directly through climatic hazards such as floods and droughts as well as indirectly through food security and livelihoods. The Somali people are feeling the impact of environmental problems already and climate change will only exacerbate them over time.

To help the Somali Government and people address these concerns, the UN focuses on strengthening the resilience of the Somali people through environmental rehabilitation projects, early warning systems to mitigate the impact of climatic hazards and tapping into sources of renewable energy that have not been used so far.

In the long term this will help making electricity more affordable for the Somali people while taking some pressure off the environment. On the following pages we will show you how we do that.”


Philippe Lazzarini
Deputy Special Representative
of the Secretary-General
Humanitarian and Resident
Coordinator for Somalia

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