The rate of deforestation in South Sudan is alarming and if it continues, in 50 to 60 years there will be nothing left.
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As South Sudan is ravaged by fighting and hunger, it also grapples with the devastating effects of climate change.The United Nations says South Sudan is at grave risk at being left behind. According to the Climate Change Vulnerability Index 2017 compiled by global risk consultancy Verisk Maplecroft, South Sudan is ranked among the world's five most vulnerable countries and is experiencing some of the most acute temperature changes.Tree cutting is especially lucrative in South Sudan because there's no central power grid to supply electricity.In South Sudan, the deforestation is compounded by an increase in illegal exports of wood and charcoal by foreign companies."People are taking advantage of the insecurity," says Joseph Africano Bartel, South Sudan's deputy environment minister. He says that due to the conflict there's no supervision at the country's borders, even though South Sudan has banned the export of charcoal.South Sudan is rich in mahogany and teak, both of which are in high demand especially in Arab nations, Bartel says, adding that South Sudanese tree cutters are hired by companies primarily from Sudan, Libya and Lebanon that smuggle the coal and wood out through neighboring Uganda.
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