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Somalia Dekadal Rainfall Bulletin - Dekad 32 2014

During the second Dekad of November 2014 (11th – 20th November), there were reduced rainfall activities in the northern parts of Somalia with the exception of the north eastern coastal areas which received moderate rains. Many parts in the south received light to moderate rains in the same period. Below is a brief summary of the rainfall situation by region for this dekad.

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Agricultural baseline of Jamama District - Lower Juba

Somalia is situated in northeastern Africa and covers an area of 637 660 km2. It has the longest coastline in Africa, being bordered by the Gulf of Aden to the north and the Indian Ocean to the east. The country is bordered by Kenya in the south, Ethiopia in the west and by Djibouti in the north-west. The country can be divided in five distinct physio-geographic zones differentiated by topography:

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Summarized physical and biotic descriptions of range monitoring sites volume 5 part 5

Provides a summarized physical and biotic description of monitoring sites in the study area.

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Flood Watch Bulletin 25-11-2014

During the week ending on 24 November 2014, there was an increase of rainfall activities within the Juba and Shabelle river basins inside Somalia with most stations recording moderate to heavy rains. Bardheere in Gedo region recorded a total of 229mm in three consecutive days. There were isolated cases of localised flooding in Baidoa, Belet Hawac and Bardheere environs following heavy rains.

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Flood Watch Bulletin 04-11-2014

During the week ending on 03 November, 2014, moderate to heavy rains were experienced in both Juba and Shabelle river basins inside Somalia. There was however a reduction of rainfall activities within the Ethiopian highlands.

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Somalia Dekadal Rainfall Bulletin - Dekad 29 2014

During the 2nd Dekad of October (11th – 20th October 2014), there was a slight reduction of rainfall activities in the northwestern parts. Other areas continued to receive the Deyr rains. Moderate to heavy rains were recorded in many parts of the country. Below is a brief summary of the rainfall situation by region for this dekad.

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Flood Watch Bulletin 28-10-2014

During the week ending on 27th October, 2014, moderate to heavy rains were experienced in both Juba and Shabelle river basins inside Somalia and within the Ethiopian highlands leading to floods in some parts. The worst flood affected areas along the Shabelle River are Belet Weyne in Hiraan region; and in Middle Shabelle region where there has been several river breakages. Along the Juba River, floods have been reported in Dollow (Gedo region), Jilib and Jamame in Lower Juba. Other reports also indicate localized flooding in Huduur in Bakool region following heavy rains in the area.

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Flood Watch Bulletin 15-10-2014

During the week ending on 13th October, 2014, moderate to heavy rains were experienced in both Juba and Shabelle river basins inside Somalia and within the Ethiopian highlands.

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Flood Watch Bulletin 21-10-2014

During the week ending on 20th October, 2014, moderate to heavy rains were experienced in both Juba and Shabelle river basins inside Somalia and within the Ethiopian highlands. The area bordering Ethiopia in Hiraan region has experienced torrential rains that have led to destruction and loss of property due to flooding. Heavy rains leading to flooding have also been confirmed in Jilib dstrict in Lower Juba region.

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Somalia Dekadal Rainfall Bulletin - Dekad 28 2014

During the 1st Dekad of October (1st – 10th October 2014), the northern parts of the country continued to receive good rains. Some stations in the southern parts of the country also recorded moderate rains during the period under review marking a possible start of the Deyr rainy season in the area. Below is a brief summary of the rainfall situation by region for this dekad.

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SWALIM Update Issue 6

We are pleased to share Issue 6 of our quarterly newsletter “SWALIM Update” for the period May 2014 - July 2014. The newsletter provides updates on SWALIM water and land information management activities such as: SWALIM Completes Survey of Irrigated Agricultural Areas in Puntland; SWALIM Capacity Building Efforts lead to a Presidential Award in Somaliland; SWALIM Establishes Land Degradation Monitoring Systems in Somaliland; The Water and Land Intervention Information Sharing Platform (WALISP); A Feature Article: Groundwater Monitoring in Somalia among others. We hope you will enjoy this edition. You feedback will be highly appreciated.

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Flood Watch Bulletin 03-06-2014

During the week ending on 2nd June 2014, there was a significant reduction of rainfall activities in both Juba and Shabelle ba-sins inside Somalia. Only Bulo Burit in Hraan region recorded light rains of 14 mm during that period while others did not re-cord any rains.

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Somalia Dekadal Rainfall Bulletin - Dekad 15 2014

During the 15th Dekad (21st – 31st May 2014), there was a reduction of rainfall activities in most parts of the country except for the north eastern parts that recorded moderate to heavy rains. In summary, the month of May recorded below normal rainfall across the country. A few stations however recorded above normal rains but with poor temporal and spatial distribution. Below is a brief summary of the rainfall situation by region for this dekad.

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Somalia Dekadal Rainfall Bulletin - Dekad 16 2014

During the 1st Dekad of June (1st – 10th June 2014), there was a significant reduction of rainfall activities in most parts of the country except for the northern parts and a few places in the south that recorded light to moderate rains. This is however normal at this time of the year as the Gu season comes to an end. Below is a brief summary of the rainfall situation by region for this dekad.

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Somalia Dekadal Rainfall Bulletin - Dekad 17 2014

During the 2nd Dekad of June (11th – 20th June 2014), there was a significant reduction of rainfall activities in most parts of the country marking a possible cessation of the season. However, parts of north west recorded light to moderate rains. Below is a brief summary of the rainfall situation by region for this dekad.

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Somalia Dekadal Rainfall Bulletin - Dekad 14 2014

During the 14th Dekad (11th – 20th May 2014), moderate to heavy rains were recorded in many parts of the country with the southern parts receiving the highest amounts of rains but with poor spatial and temporal distribution. However, some places in parts of Bari and Nugaal regions in the north have not received any rains since the beginning of the station. Below is a brief summary of the rainfall situation by region for this dekad.

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Flood Watch Bulletin 06-05-2014

The rainfall within the Juba and Shabelle basins over the last week varied greatly both in space and quantity inside Somalia. A few places recorded moderate rains while others received little or no rains.

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Flood Watch Bulletin 13-05-2014

There was an increase of rainfall activities in most parts of the Juba and Shabelle river basins inside Somalia. A few places recorded heavy rains on 8th and 9th May 2014 causing localized flooding in the areas. The upper parts of Gedo however did not record any rains.

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Flood Watch Bulletin 20-05-2014

There was a slight decrease of rainfall activities in most parts of the Juba and Shabelle river basins inside Somalia. A few places recorded moderate rains while others did not receive any rains during the last one week.

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Somalia Dekadal Rainfall Bulletin - Dekad 12 2014

During the 12th Dekad (21st – 30th April 2014), moderate to heavy rains were recorded in the southern parts of the country especially in bay and Bakool regions. Light rains were received in the north western parts of the country. The north eastern and central parts did not receive any significant rainfall during the period. In general the rainfall performance of April rains in the country was below normal with the North East and central parts experiencing extremely depressed rains. Below is a brief summary of the rainfall situation by region for this dekad.

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Somalia Dekadal Rainfall Bulletin - Dekad 13 2014

During the 13th Dekad (1st – 10th May 2014), moderate to heavy rains were recorded in many parts of the country with the southern parts receiving the highest amounts of rains but with poor spatial and temporal distribution. The dekad also marked a late start of the season for many parts in central and north eastern parts of the country. Below is a brief summary of the rainfall situation by region for this dekad.

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SWALIM Update Issue 5

We are pleased to share Issue 5 of our quarterly newsletter “SWALIM Update” for the period February 2014 - April 2014. The newsletter provides updates on SWALIM water and land information management activities such as: SWALIM Establishes Flash Flood Alert Systems; SWALIM Completes Cultivable Areas Analysis for Somalia; An interview with SWALIM’s partners: The National Environment Research and Disaster preparedness (NERAD)and the Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management Agency (HADMA), the disaster management agencies for Somaliland and Puntland; Somali Water Sources Live Map Complete; A feature Article: 12 Years of Sustained Weather Monitoring in Somalia among others. We hope you will enjoy this edition. You feedback will be highly appreciated.

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Somalia Dekadal Rainfall Bulletin - Dekad11 2014

During the 10th Dekad (11th – 20th April 2014), light rains were received in the north western parts of the country. The north eastern and central parts did not receive any significant rainfall during the period while the south recorded moderate to heavy rain especially in Gedo Region. Figure (1) shows the rain gauge observational network and monthly rainfall distribution for selected stations across the country. Below is a brief summary of the rainfall situation by region for this dekad.

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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. Wood charcoal production is one of the most relevant businesses supporting war regimes such as the extreme Islamist group Al Shabaab, which has ruled in Southern Somalia from 2006 to 2012 and is still occupying large areas. In this study, we first used Very High Resolution (VHR) satellite imagery of early 2011 and early 2013 for developing a semi-automatic mapping method of charcoal production sites as a proxy of tree loss over a 6000 km2 area along the Juba River in Southern Somalia. The user’s accuracy of semi-automatic charcoal production site detection varied between 81.7% for 2011 and 87.3% for 2013, while the producer’s accuracy was 68.2% and 65.5% respectively and, as compared to visual interpretation, reduced significantly the required time. The analysis of the changes between the two dates led to an average tree loss estimation of 3.3%, corresponding to 520,520 trees over the 2 years period. The results help to better understand the dimension and impact of charcoal production in Southern Somalia and are a first step towards the development of a charcoal production monitoring system.

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SWALIM Update Issue 4

We are pleased to share Issue 4 of our quarterly newsletter “SWALIM Update” for the period November 2013 – January 2014. The newsletter provides updates on SWALIM water and land information management activities such as: SWALIM Early Warning Information Saves Lives; Building Resilient Communities through Disaster Risk Reduction and Early Warning; SWALIM Completes Survey of Strategic Emergency Boreholes in Northern Somalia; Fostering Accountability through Cash Based Intervention Remote Monitoring; SWALIM supports Somaliland Ministry of Agriculture to survey agricultural areas among others. We hope you will enjoy this edition. You feedback will be highly appreciated.

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