13 Sep '11, 3pm

Lesson on interconnectedness from Somalia: deforestation leads to erosion > reduced food production > famine

Which is perhaps an NGO-speak way of saying that when you chop down too many trees--something which has happened in Somalia, where the effects of the drought are most acute--you make it more difficult for people, particularly the poor and those dependent on agriculture, to cope when natural disaster strikes. Let's remember that the Horn of Africa is one of those places where water availability is only going to be further severely restricted due to climate change--one of the roots of UNEP head Achim Steiner warning of a "exponential" increase in climate related disasters . And also let's remember that population growth plays a part here too, in that the high population growth rates in the region makes the very low per-capita ecological footprint of the average person in the Horn of Africa a nevertheless environmentally destructive force. All that said, while the director ge...

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