Bosaso Greening its Way Out of Environmental Degradation
Published February 2, 2016 by Muna Ali .M
“Two decades of conflict, political instability and recurring droughts have worn out the land and the people. Over time, the land has become drier and the rainfall scarce. For a country whose population largely depends on livestock, this is devastating,” explains 16 year old Jama Ali.
“The idea behind the campaign was to raise awareness around the benefits of trees and inculcate a culture of tree planting among the local communities,” explained Mohamoud Ismail, Adeso project officer in the Bari region of Somalia. “We want the idea of greening our cities to sit well with the community of Bosaso, we hope that as we demonstrate tree planting as a worthy investment, the idea will stick. We are targeting pastoralist and agro-pastoralist communities, city dwellers, community organizations and schools,” he continued.
“Some people can’t fathom the difference tree planting can make, and many times they are daunted by the prospect of the financial burden of watering and sustaining trees,” says Nasra Bashir, a mother of five whose house is on the airport road, where the trees were planted. “I was really happy when Adeso started planting the trees. I had some space in front of my house and I always wanted to plant something there, but I didn’t have enough resources for the initial investment and the sustaining cost.”