It’s a serious problem, but it hasn’t necessarily happened for the reasons you think, like getting hold of rare wood like mahogany or clearing space to grow cash crops.
Yes, getting more land for agriculture is partly to blame – but for the last 30 years one of the biggest reasons loggers have chopped down forest is to meet Saudi Arabian demand to smoke shisha.
In an official submission to the UN ahead of official climate change talks, the country said at the moment around 10.5 per cent of its land was covered with rainforest – a lot less than in the past.
‘The production of charcoal mostly for export to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirate (UAE) solely for using ‘shisha’ had a negative deforestation impact’, the government said.
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