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New Push to Map Land Resources in Puntland

Combating land degradation is a major struggle across Puntland, hampered by the lack of comprehensive data on land cover and the classification of land for its potential and sust

SWALIM Strengthens Climate and Weather Monitoring Network

For Somalia, weather and climate information is crucial to development and planning in all sectors of life.

Maintaining Somaliland’s Network of Weather Stations

Part of SWALIM’s mandate is to support climate monitoring in Somaliland, including drought and flood tracking tools and early warning information to enable rapid response to thes

SWALIM’s Natural Resource Management (NRM) Activities in Puntland

In April 2016, SWALIM kicked off field surveys on land resources in the Iskushuban District of Puntland State as part of the broader FAO Resilience Programme in Somalia.

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SWALIM Introduces Telemetric Groundwater Monitoring Stations in Somalia

Outside of the narrow riverine areas of the Juba and Shabelle rivers, where surface water is available throughout the year, groundwater is the main source of water for domestic and livestock use in Somalia. In addition to these domestic uses, limited irrigation using groundwater is carried out in some parts of the country, requiring good management of the vital resource for sustainability.

<<<<NEWS RELEASE – SEPTEMBER 23, 2016>>>>

SWALIM Releases Latest Information on Riverbank Breakages : Following analysis of the latest suitable satellite images, some as recent as last week (September 17th), SWALIM has released updated information on the state of the Juba and Shabelle Rivers in advance of the Deyr seasonal rains, which are expected to commence by mid-October (in about three weeks’ time).

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Status of Juba and Shabelle River Breakages - Sep 2016

The Deyr 2016 (October to November) rainfall forecast points towards near-normal to below-normal rains within the Juba and Shabelle River basins.

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Somalia Deyr 2016 Rainfall Outlook

According to the recently issued Seasonal Climate Forecast for the Greater Horn of Africa by the IGAD Climate Prediction and Applications Centre (ICPAC) in Kampala, Uganda, the 2016 Deyr rains in Somalia are expected to be below normal to near normal - with a 40% probability of experiencing below no

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Middle Shabelle Region Floods Reported observation and Landsat-8 (12 May 2016) image analysis

This dataset was digitized directly from Landsat-8 imagery of 12th May 2016 to show the areal extent of Jowhar flooding. Please note that the flooded area might not be exact due to the cloud cover hindering the interpretation.

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Somali Gu 2016 Rainfall Performance

The Gu 2016 season started off well in advance in some parts of the country during the third dekad of March and continued to spread spatially in the first and second dekads of April. Other parts especially in Puntland and southern regions had a late start of the season which also ended early.

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