Save Frankincense: Overharvesting of a precious commodity and approaches to ensure sustainability

Frankincense resin is highly sought after and as a consequence, frankincense-bearing trees are being overharvested.

In Somaliland, a northern area of Somalia that operates as an independent country, many of the population rely on frankincense for income. Frankincense is a resin derived from the Boswellia tree. However, the trees are being overharvested, and locals have found themselves in a poverty trap. Despite a huge increase in the price of frankincense on the global market, harvesters […]

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