The EU together with Federal Government Somalia's Ministry of Livestock and partners attended an event to help in the set-up of 15 businesses for marketing of Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) sets in Hodan district of Mogadishu. Fifteen business ladies currently selling charcoal have been selected to stock the LPG cylinders to help in transition of the households using charcoal to more efficient and environment friendly LPG. We are glad that a total of 300 households who are customers of the business ladies will benefit by receiving free LPG Set each from the first phase of transition of this EU, Italy and Sweden jointly funded programme.
The Event marked a milestone for women who face adversities and danger on their struggle to find livelihood for their homes and we are proud that this programme directly benefits them by helping setup sustainable businesses while transiting from the unfriendly environment business of selling charcoal.
The production, use and illegal trade of charcoal has had a harmful impact on the health of the communities, environment as well as helping terrorist organisations to generate revenues that could be used for maiming and killing innocent civilians. The destruction of trees for charcoal has led to the degradation of land quality and in quantity, destruction of ecosystems and, as a result, caused greater vulnerability from flooding and the frequent droughts in Somalia.
The EU contributed 3.5 Million Euro to the Joint Programme for Sustainable Charcoal Production and Alternative Livelihoods (PROSCAL) which is implemented by UNDP and FAO in partnership with Ministry of Livestock, Forestry and Range. This joint programme is expected to provide alternative energy and livelihood options to charcoal use and production in Somalia that would ultimately help stop trade at its source.
The EU encourages and supports Federal Government of Somalia's lawful efforts to curb the charcoal trade and promotion of the use of available cleaner alternative such as LPG particularly for Somali Cities and planting sustainable trees and shrubbery plantations for forest regeneration of affected areas.
The EU remains committed and will continue to support the Federal Government of Somalia and its people in halting the export of charcoal and strengthening its partnerships with the private sector and the international partners to make this materialize.