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Somalia: ‘Charcoal Industry Damaging Environment’

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A two-day conference has started in Somalia’s capital, Mogadishu, focusing on the environmental damage caused by charcoal production.

The United Nations says every 30 seconds a tree is cut down to make charcoal in Somalia, which not only makes land more susceptible to drought and floods but also helps fund conflict.

The UN estimates that charcoal exports are worth more than $100m (£74m) a year and some of that profit goes to Islamist militant group al-Shabab.

Kenyan peacekeepers have been accused of facilitating illegal charcoal exports through Kismayo port.

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