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SWALIM Wins Big!

During the week of 2-6 May, 2016, the SWALIM CTA was in Switzerland to receive the coveted WSIS award as a “Champion” in the category of “e-Agriculture”.  The WSIS prize, organized by the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), recognizes innovative and successful efforts to harness ICTs in development work around the world.

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SWALIM Gives Training in Mogadishu on Open-Source GIS, Google Earth and GPS

SWALIM has been working on expanding the capacity of Somali government line ministries and partner agencies on the use of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) by conducting an intensive training course on “Basic GIS, Google Earth and Global Positioning System (GPS)”  in Mogadishu.

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Heavy storms experienced in parts of Somaliland

Heavy storms have been reported  in parts of Awdal and Wooqoyi Galbeed regions in Somaliland. The storms have led destruction of structures, loss of unconfirmed number of livestock and six human lives. For details refer to Somalia Rainfall Forecast 07-04-2016

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SWALIM AWARDED WSIS PRIZE “CHAMPION”

SWALIM project has been awarded WSIS Prize Champions in the category of “E-Agriculture” for 2016. This is a very important recognition of the innovative work that SWALIM has carried out in making the most of modern digital technologies in a developing country context. SWALIM joins 5 other projects in this category and 88 projects overall that have been named “Champions”.
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SWALIM Gives Training on Land Degradation and Land Cover Mapping in Puntland

As part of its ongoing capacity-building efforts to the Somali line ministries, SWALIM carried out nine days of practical training on open-source Geographic Information Systems (GIS) tools and methods for mapping Land Degradation and Land Cover using remote sensing technologies. The hand-on courses were delivered within the Puntland Ministry of Environment, Wildlife and Tourism (MoEWT).

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Improved mapping capacity at the Puntland MoEWT

In support of capacity building on Geographic Information Systems (GIS), SWALIM staff carried out three days of training on hardware and software setup, testing and instrument calibration within the Puntland Ministry of Environment, Wildlife and Tourism (MoEWT).

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SWALIM Trains Partners on Google Earth, GPS & Open-source GIS

SWALIM is running a 5-day training course on Geo-Spatial software and systems for local Somali NGO’s based in Nairobi and in South Central Somalia. The course targets selected participants from the Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Cluster, Food Security Cluster (FSC) and the Somali NGO Consortium and covers the Global Positioning System (GPS), Google Earth and basic Geographic Information Systems (GIS).

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SWALIM meets with partners in Somaliland

SWALIM has organized a one-day meeting with its four institutional partners on Saturday, 5th December, 2015. The four institutions include the Ministry of Agriculture (MoA), the Ministry of Water Resources (MoWR), the Ministry of Environment and Rural Development (MoERD) and the National Environment Research and Disaster Management Authority (NERAD). The purpose of this meeting will be to inform them about SWALIM’s work and the products and services that SWALIM has developed, since most of the staff in these ministries are new.

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Somalia Deyr 2015 Rainfall Outlook

The Greater Horn of Africa Climate Outlook Forum (GHACOF) has confirmed that El Nino conditions have intensified and will affect the region during the September to December rainy season. The El Nino event is likely to lead to a wetter than normal Deyr season in parts of the country. The rainfall forecast indicates that the Deyr 2015 season in  Somalia is expected to be above normal (45% probability of above normal rains) with a tendency of 35 % probability of normal rains in the south and central regions. To view the detailed outlook, download the

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El Niño threatens Somalia’s humanitarian gains

Floods triggered by El Niño could affect up to 900,000 people along Somalia’s rivers. Much higher than normal rains in the last third of 2015, resulting from the El Niño climate phenomenon, could reverse many of the humanitarian and development gains made in southern parts of Somalia.  read more.

Video Q&A about El Niño with FAO's Hussein Gadain

 

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