SWALIM Land Team is working at the national level but also with focus in three areas of interest: Dur Dur and Gebiley areas in Somaliland, Juba and Shabelle riverine areas and North and South Garowe in Puntland. In these three areas, the main objectives of the SWALIM Land Team are:
- Inventorize the spatial distribution of the land resource base (landform, land cover/vegetation, soils, land use, etc) for the three different areas of study;
- Perform a land suitability assessment for the northern and southern area of interest;
- Apply remote sensing techniques for the assessment of pastoral resources in the North and South Garowe;
- Assess the land degradation extent and status by applying the LADA/WOCAT framework at local level; and
- Organize a regional expert workshop on the potentialities and limitations in the use of remote sensing tools for detection and monitoring of environmental changes in the Horn of Africa. At national level, the land theme has focus on land resources assessment of Somalia.
To achieve the aforementioned objectives, SWALIM uses a combination of different tools such as Remote Sensing, Geographic Information Systems, GPS, fieldwork, and local knowledge. In line with the SWALIM policy of producing reliable products that represents at the highest extent the reality, the Land team augmented its activities with field surveys and local knowledge to ground-truth its products .
The main products from the Land Team are spatial databases and maps that are freely available online. However these digital products can be found in a user friendly way in the Land report Series which contain the individual reports of each activity. Click here to download these reports.