Desertification is a reality in Somalia


Photo credit: Somalispot

A few small trees remain, the sand is encroaching.

Desertification on the Sanaag plateau in north. How to fight it and reverse climate change?

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A sandstorm near Hadaaftimo. Less than 10 years ago this was productive grazing land. –

Desertification is a reality in Somalia. These photos were taken near the villages of Bahdan and Hadaaftimo on the Sanaag plateau in northern Somalia in August 2004. Less than ten years ago this area was valuable grazing land, now it is all but destroyed. Pastoral experts at the NGO Horn Relief believe that the area can be rehabilitated through a combination of replanting trees to control wind erosion, controlling grazing and constructing small rock dams to control water erosion. All of this will take capital which Somalia does not have.

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Author: Willem Van Cotthem

Honorary Professor of Botany, University of Ghent (Belgium). Scientific Consultant for Desertification and Sustainable Development.

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