Land Publications

SWALIM has recovered and produced a vast number of land-related publications touching on areas such as land forms, land cover, land use, soils, land suitability and land degradation among others. These publications can be accessed through our digital library which allows you to browse and search for publications based on specific topical areas of interest, titles and types of publications or names of authors. Below are some of the highlighted SWALIM publications. To search for specific publications, please visit our Library.

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RSM-03 Detection of charcoal production sites in southern somalia using very high resolution imagery

Following more than 20 years of civil unrest, environmental information for Southern Somalia is scarce while there is clear evidence that the war economy fuelled by the conflict is rapidly depleting the country’s natural resources, especially the woody biomass.

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RSM-02 Estimating Cultivable Areas in Central and Southern Somalia using Remote Sensing

Somalia is largely a hot, arid and semi-arid country with rainfall amounts averaging between 50 and 500 - 600 mm per annum (even though some areas may receive slightly higher amounts).To provide a first estimate of the cultivable land, this study analyzed ASTER satellite images (and where not availa

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L-21 Territorial Diagnostic Report of the Land Resources of Somaliland

Territorial diagnostic report of the land resources of Somaliland gives an inventory of the natural resources and a territorial diagnostic report. The focus of the report on providing support to land policy development process.

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L-20 Practical guide for Land Degradation Monitoring

This practical guide for land degradation monitoring will provide tools that can be used to facilitate a simple and systematic approach to monitoring long-term changes in soil and rangeland conditions and will be the working document for future monitoring programmes.

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L-19 - Methodology for Monitoring of Mangroves in Somalia

This study serves as a starting point towards a monitoring initiative for the mangrove ecosystem of Somalia. It also forms part of the input to the land degradation monitoring activity initiated by SWALIM.

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L-18 Monitoring of Golis Forest in Somalia- Report No

This study serves as a starting point towards a monitoring initiative for the Golis mountain forest. It forms part of the input to the land degradation monitoring activity initiated by SWALIM.

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L-17 Mapping and Assessment of Irrigated Farms in Puntland

Irrigated agricultural areas of Puntland were mapped using Google Earth images and field based interviews with the farmers to characterize land use.

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L-16 Soil Erosion and Sedimentation Modelling and Monitoring of the Areas Between Rivers Juba and Shabelle in Southern Somalia

Soil erosion is a complex dynamic process by which the productive soil surface is detached, transported, and accumulated at a distant place.

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L-15 Detection of Tree Cutting in the Rangelands of NE Somalia

This report outlines how very high resolution satellite imagery was used to estimate the rate of tree-cutting in Puntland. The study used visual interpretation of Ikonos and Quickbird images for 2001 and 2006 respectively to generate tree density maps for the two years.

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L-14 Land Degradation Assessment and a Monitoring Framework in Somalia

In this study, national-level assessment of land degradation was done using time series remote sensing images from 1982 till 2008 and expert opinion about the history of the degradation in Somalia dating back as far as the experts could remember.

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L-13 Land Use Planning Guidelines

During the last 120 years, Somalia and Somaliland have experienced great political and socio-economic changes. The change in land use policies and land use planning activities over those periods is considerable, with new governments often reversing measures taken by previous regimes.

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L-12 Land Resources Assessment of Somalia

This report gives an overview of the land resources for the whole country. The main focus is on the agricultural potential of the country and is expressed through the delineation and description of agro-ecological zones.

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L-11 Application of Remote Sensing Techniques for the Assessment of Pastoral Resources in Puntland, Somalia

The conceptual aim of the study is to test and evaluate the applicability of remote sensing tools and products in the assessing pastoral resources.

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L-10 Land Degradation Assessment of a Selected Study Area in Somaliland

As a useful guide for conservation efforts in land resources management in Somaliland, this report describes the prevalent types of land degradation, their causes and impacts. This comprehensive study involved two levels of assessment.

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L-09 Land Suitability Assessment of the Juba and Shabelle

This report describes physical land suitability for rainfed agriculture, irrigated agriculture, extensive grazing (pastoralism) and forestry in the Juba and Shabelle riverine areas.

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L-08 Soil Survey of the Juba and Shabelle Riverine Areas in Southern Somalia

Soil information is a key element for natural resources planning. A key output of this study is a soil map with a scale of 1:100, 000 containing the major soil types as well as soil maps for some of the irrigation projects along the Juba and Shabelle river catchments.

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L-07 Land Use Characterization of the Juba and Shabelle

Land use types in the Juba and Shabelle riverline areas were identifi ed through land cover analysis, interviews with land users and the use of past and current satellite images. The report also shows the characterisation of different land use present in the Juba and Shabelle riverine areas.

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L-06 Land Suitability of a Selected Study Area in Somaliland

As an input to guiding policy decisions on land use planning, this study defi nes the capacity of the study area to support specific land use types. The main land use types considered were rainfed agriculture, extensive grazing (pastoralism) and forestry.

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L-05 Soil survey of a selected study area in Somaliland

Since the start of the war in 1991, no soil surveys have been undertaken and available soil data produced by SOGREAH has been lost, including maps showing spatial variability of soils.In view of the foregoing, and considering future planning activities in Somalia, there is a need to generate baselin

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L-04 land use characterisation of a selected study area in Somaliland

There is a growing concern over the degradation of natural and agro-ecosystems.In this case, land use studies form the basis for analysis of the causes leading to degradation of agro-ecosystem outputs, or deterioration of a natural ecosystem.This study combines the scientific research techniques of

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L-03 Land Cover of Selected Study Areas in Somaliland and Southern Somalia - Report No L-03

For this study, land cover classes were created using the Land Cover Classifi cation System (LCSS) of FAO, satellite image interpretation, and fi eld validation.

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L-02 Landform of selected study areas in Somaliland and Southern Somalia

A key outcome of this study is a new landform dataset for the selected areas of interest (AOI).

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L-01 - Field Survey Manual- Landform, Soil, Soil Erosion, Land Use and Cover

This Field Survey Manual has been produced by the SWALIM (Somalia Water and Land Information Management System) Land Team as a guide to concepts and tools in carrying out field land resource surveys.

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