Charcoal business threatens deforestation in northern Somalia
21 November 2012 Last updated at 14:22 GMT
In Somaliland, the semi-desert territory that self-proclaimed independence from Somali in 1991, for many people cutting trees is the only way to make a living.
They cut the trees and burn them to make charcoal that can be sold.
However, there is growing concern that the forest could soon turn into desert.
Tom Bayly reports.