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Somaliland’s Major Environmental Challenges

The Horn of Africa is currently (2011) experiencing one of the worst droughts in sixty years. More than 11 million people are now affected in drought-stricken areas of Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia/Somaliland and Uganda and the situation continues to deteriorate. The main climatic trigger for the drought is widely believed to be La Niña, a cyclical meteorological phenomenon affecting rainfall in Africa and elsewhere. However, what has made the Horn of Africa one of the most vulnerable regions in the world is the combined effects of extreme poverty, conflicts, and accelerated environmental degradation in the region, climate change and poor governance.

Ahmed Ibrahim Awale

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