Somaliland: Environmental Protection Legalized


charcoal burning is the main cause of environmental destruction in Somaliland

By: Latifa Yusuf Masai
HARGEISA (Somalilandsun) – The wanton destruction of the environment now rampant in Somaliland shall no longer be tolerated.
This follows a presidential decree # JSL/M/WM/222-2689/092014 that puts to effect an environment law following approval by parliament.
In the press statement that revealed the new law dealing with environment the president Ahmed Mahmud Silanyo who attributed his powers to sign into law the Environment bill to article 18 section 1 of the Somaliland Constitution in addition to the importance the Environment bears on various aspects of life, decreed that Environmental protection is from henceforth a legal government activity.
To this extend the Somaliland head of state directed various agencies to ensure that all aspects relating to the new law are enforced.
The agencies charged with this enormous task include
• All ministries
• All parastatals
• All regional Governments and District authorities
• All local governments and
• All branches of the armed forces