News and Events

FAO SWALIM Conducts Hydrogeological Assessment for Gedo Region

FAO SWALIM has completed a hydrogeological assessment of Gedo Region, South Somalia. The study was done through remote sensing analysis of satellite images.

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SWALIM Holds Mogadishu Open Day Event

For only the second time, on 4 October, 2016, SWALIM held an Open Day event in the federal capital of Somalia. The event was well attended, with over thirty participants attending

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SWALIM Update on Bayahow River Breakage Repair

SWALIM can now reliably report that the river bank breakage at Bayaxaaw has been closed, initially with sand bags and later by heavy machinery.

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SWALIM Welcomes New Chief Technical Officer

The final months of SWALIM Phase V saw the termination of the project leadership of Hussein Gadain, who took up a new posting as FAO Representative in Egypt after successfully serving for three years as Chief Technical Advisor of the land and water information management project (see SWALIM  Update, Issue 11).

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SWALIM Conducts Open Source GIS Training in Hargeisa

With the aim of encouraging fully functioning institutions, SWALIM has been intensifying its capacity-building activities with relevant government line ministries and partner agencies by providing specialized training on “Open Source GIS and Land Cover Mapping” in Hargeisa, Somaliland.

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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 sustainable uses. Updated land cover data is of crucial importance for decision makers, as it serves multiple purposes, such as natural resource evaluation, land-use planning, land suitability classification and environmental monitoring.

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SWALIM Strengthens Climate and Weather Monitoring Network

For Somalia, weather and climate information is crucial to development and planning in all sectors of life. Since its establishment in 2002, SWALIM has worked closely with government line ministries, local and international NGO’s and other stakeholders to reinstate the Somali climate monitoring network, destroyed after the collapse of central government in the 1990’s.

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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 these hazards. In order to improve hydro-meteorological services, particularly flood and drought early warning systems, SWALIM routinely carries out maintenance on all the weather stations throughout the country to ensure the equipment runs correctly and efficiently.

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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. In anticipation of the field surveys, a team of ten young professionals, drawn from the staff of the Puntland Ministry of Environment, Wildlife and Tourism

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SWALIM Participates in ICT for Development (ICT4D) Conference

As an annual global event that has evolved rapidly over the past eight years, the “ICT4D” Conference brings together a broad assortment of international development professionals who are applying technological innovations in their work to promote development across the world.

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