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July 4, 2018 (JUBA) – The South Sudanese government has announced a ban on wood and charcoal exportation, arguing that the practice has negatively impacted on the country’s environment.

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’Southern Sudan still retains the majority of its forest cover, but deforestation is occurring at a steady rate’ (UN)

The country’s minister for trade and investment, Musa Hassan Tiel said on Wednesday that illegal logging was now punishable by law.

“A lot of people are engaged illegally in cutting of trees for the purposes of producing charcoal for export,” Tiel told reporters in the country’s capital, Juba.

The new move, according to the minister, follows the massive destruction of forests in the country, instructing all environment agencies and other departments to ensure the ban is implemented.

“We urge our citizens and those who are engaged in those kinds of activities to stop doing that,” further stressed the minister, adding “Our citizens should look for new ways of cooking our food”.

South Sudan has no forestry policy and its authorities are worried they could lose the country’s tropical forests, unless stringent measures are put in place to curb rampant rates of illegal logging.

The world’s youngest nation faces a civil war and while its population grapples with hunger, they are also experiencing the devastating effects of climate change, partly blamed by officials on the conflict.

In South Sudan, the deforestation is compounded by an increase in illegal exports of wood and charcoal largely by foreign companies.

But, while up to 95 percent of South Sudan’s population is dependent on climate-sensitive activities like agriculture and forestry for their livelihoods, the ongoing civil war worsens the problem.

South Sudan is currently embroiled in a conflict that has killed tens of thousands of the population, displacing nearly two million of them.

Last year, officials from Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) warned of dangers as the country’s wildlife and natural resources faced alarming expansion of illegal exploitation, trafficking and logging.

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  • 5 July 2018 10:36, by Joseph Canada

    thank you!! For the first time someone smart has put forward the law that means something. Again Thank you!!

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  • 5 July 2018 14:36, by okello

    Bad news to Bari friends whose their mean business on charcoals and badly damage our beautiful environment around Juba. similar ban should be use to Dinka and Taposa cows too. I am sure those like Juba slave will protest against this ban.

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    • 5 July 2018 17:27, by Eastern

      okello is WRONG here! It’s known fact that charcoal making is another main occupation of the Mathiang Anyor militiamen, a predominantly dinka outfit. No civilian these days ventures out in the bushes of Equatoria to make charcoal.

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  • 5 July 2018 17:31, by Eastern

    When the regime chose to wage a futile war, it drafted dinka youths into the ranks and files of the Mathiang Anyor to prop it up when the national coffers run dry, these dinka militias resorted to vandalising house in Equatoria abandoned by the civilian and finally the Equatorian forests for survival. Don’t choose war; it’s costly!

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    • 5 July 2018 20:50, by jubaone

      Eastern
      I understand the minister himself is a jienge, no good deal. He can’t ban charcoal making if he can’t provide alternative energy sources for the people. How are families supposed to cook their meals? FYI, these very jienges ministers are the ones refusing to invest in construction of hydro electric dam in Nimule cuz its on Equatorian soil. Forget them.

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