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Slash and burn farming has depleted much of the already sparse plant life in Western Sahara. There are no waste facilities in the country, so waste is poured into rivers or onto the land surrounding communities.1 Both of these factors have caused harm to the environment and ecosystems.

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Sahara Press Service 
London, June 23, 2017 (SPS) - LT Ugland shipping group of the Isle of Man announced that it will end its involvement in the trade of the phosphate rock of Western Sahara, illegally occupied by Morocco, according to the Western Sahara Resource Watch ... See more..
Forbes 
A fresh question mark has been placed over controversial phosphate exports from Western Sahara, after a South African court ruled on June 15 that a dispute over a cargo being held in Port Elizabeth should proceed to a full trial. The cargo in question ... See more..
Face2Face Africa 
Read how and why Western Sahara continues to be a colony of neighboring Morocco more than 40 years after Spain, its initial colonial power, left. See more..
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Times LIVE 
A South African court has found itself having to adjudicate on a dispute between Moroccan companies and the Saharawi Arab Democratic Republic concerning ... See more..
TradeWinds (subscription) 
The government of the Saharawi Republic (SADR) in the disputed Moroccan region of Western Sahara is warning it will pursue ships with greater vigour if it suspects they are carrying its exports. It said in a statement that the "illegal sale and export ... See more..
Voice of America 
The head of the United Nations will name former German president Horst Koehler as his new envoy for Western Sahara, in charge of restarting talks between Morocco and the Polisario independence movement over the disputed territory. The United Nations ... See more..
Reuters 
The detention of the vessel was a new legal tactic by the independence movement in its conflict with Morocco over Western Sahara, a disputed territory where the two sides fought a war until a 1991 ceasefire. "The court ruled that a domestic court is ... See more..
AllAfrica.com 
A court in South Africa this week announced that there would have to be a trial to decide who actually owns a shipment of phosphate from Western Sahara that's been stopped and held in a South African port. Western Sahara's Polisario Front movement ... See more..
Scoop.co.nz (press release) 
The Western Sahara Campaign-NZ notes a new development in the saga of Ballance Agri-Nutrients imports of phosphate rock from occupied Western Sahara. See more..
africanews 
The head of the United Nations will name former German president Horst Koehler as his new envoy for Western Sahara, in charge of restarting talks between ... See more..
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