Deforestation of Anyidi County: An Open Letter to the County Commissioner

Posted: October 5, 2019 by aljokd in Junub Sudan

Malith Alier, Tamworth, Australia

Saturday, 5 October, 2019 (PW) – The UN Climate Action Summit took place on the 23 September 2019 about two weeks ago in New York, USA. In that summit, the world leaders were implored by climate activists to take urgent action to avert the impending calamity as a result of global warming.

We all are aware that the release of gases such as Carbon dioxide, CO2 and other gases not only cause pollution but also contributed to the publicised warming that affect oceans ice. The big industrial nations are blamed for relying on coal which is a major pollutant.

Of course South Sudan is not among those heavily industrialised nations. However, it is not only industry that is the sole contributing factor to climate. other things such as oil spill pollution and clearing of land of vegetation can spell the same consequences on the environment.

Crude oil aside, many others and I are concerned that the voluntary clearing of forest, specifically the Bor East County (Anyidi) will negatively affect the entire Bor environment in the not distant future. The consequences of the deforestation are mindboggling. One, you can now see Mareng township right from the crossroad point from Pakwau next to the airfield. Second, the clearing will not stop there. I am certain it will continue to other neigbouring counties of Gok and Central. It will continue to the east of Anyidi towards Ajageer.

What to do

The charcoal business has been in operation from time immemorial. It was sustainably carried out by sustainability minded “charcoalers” and that was why the forests were not deciminated. Our generation found them well and green. These days the charcoal traders, armed with the cutting machines, chop the plants leaving the stumps barely above the ground. These stumps do not regenerate – the die forever. This this the genesis of the desertification. The indigenous plants are very hard to replace. The only way is to replace them with exotic plants like fine, teak and the like. But before one does that the consequences would have been severe. The local animal population would have vanished.

The protection of local environment rests with the local authorities. You do not have to wait for state or central government in Juba to do something about your immediate surrounding. Take an action today. stop the cutting saw!

  1. Suspend logging for charcoal and other activities
  2.  Enact a local law that can ensure sustainability of the forests
  3.  Educate the locals and the business people on why sustainability of forests is a must

The above points are collectively called S.E.E project!

  1. Deng says:

    Thank you Malith.
    Another area of major concern is the effect of neem tree on the environment and other trees’ species.


  2. mAN OF ut. says:

    I don’t understand the meaning of the word “Anyidi” Can someone help me?
    Thank you.
    Man of UT.


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