Swalim News and Events
FAO-SWALIM Work in Puntland
Since 2006 Somalia Water and Land Information Management (SWALIM) has been operating in Puntland. Informative data has been collected on land, water and climate. The information is organized in themes: Water resources (Climate, floods, water resources and water reports); Land resources (Land degradation, Land suitability, soils and land reports). This information is generated with the support of a strong Information management, GIS and remote sensing units in collaboration with Puntland government partner institutions. SWALIM information management team has organized the data to facilitate quick retrieval through a variety of online and offline platforms. Download publication (pdf, 3.5 MB)
The Puntland water and land resources – Information Management Center
The Information Management Center (IMC) will be a special agency under the Puntland State of Somalia whose main function shall be to collect, process and analyze water and land resources information in coordination with the relevant government institutions, in support of policy development for sustainable and integrated water and land resources management, and to provide water and land related data and information to the end users. Download pdf(2.5 MB)
FAO-SWALIM Recognised for Partnership with Banadir University
FAO SWALIM has been working together with academic institutions in order to foster long-term research relationships on specific projects of interest and to generate knowledge for the betterment of the lives of Somali communities.
Journal PublicationsValidation of the CHIRPS satellite rainfall estimates over eastern Africa
Sustained “no regrets” humanitarian efforts urgently needed in response to drought in the Horn of AfricaCatastrophic consequences of the multi-year drought will continue in 2023, leaving communities in urgent need of assistance. Seasonal forecasts suggest a reasonable chance that the upcoming March–May rains will again underperform which, should it occur, would be an unprecedented sixth poor season. Communities will need years to recover from this historically severe drought.
Climate-smart water harvesting and storage systems help rural communities overcome climate shocksFAO and the European Union partner with government and communities to strengthen water resource management for improved food security in Puntland and Somaliland
EU and FAO handover a new Water and Land Information Management Centre to Government of Somalia in PuntlandThis Centre will support the Government in management of land and water resources, and ultimately the people of Somalia as we are all the stewards of these assets for now and for the future
Improving flood response in Somalia through remote sensingSatellite imagery reports riverbank breakages in real timeSomalia, like many countries, is affected by frequent climate-related hazards such as floods, droughts and tropical storms.
Somalia Rainfall Forecast – Issued 24 May 2023Moderate to heavy rainfall expected over isolated parts of northern Somalia with light rains over central and dry conditions over southwestern parts of the country during the forecast period (Map 1).
Shabelle River Flood Update Issued 22 May 2023For close to two weeks, Belet Weyne town and its surrounding areas have witnessed widespread and devastating floods occasioned by the Shabelle River bursting its banks on the 9th May 2023. The river has remained at a bankful height of 8.30 meters up to the current date of May 22nd.
Somalia Rainfall Forecast – Issued 16 May 2023Light rainfall is expected over most parts of Somalia with moderate rains over isolated areas in northeastern and dry conditions over southwestern parts of the country during the forecast period (Map 1).
Shabelle River Flood Update Issued 15 May 2023Since bursting its banks on May 9th, 2023, the Shabelle River’s water level at Belet Weyne (figure 1) has remained at a bankful height of 8.30 meters up to the current date of May 15th.
SWALIM is a multi-donor project managed by FAO and currently funded by The European Union, The Italian Cooperation, DFID, USAID and Government of France