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.

Drawing participants from over 70 countries, the ICT4D 2016 conference was held at Nairobi, Kenya, at the Safari Park Hotel on May 16th-19th, with the theme “From Innovation to Impact - Using Technology to Achieve the Sustainable Development Goals”. This theme followed the release of the Sustainable Development Goals for 2030 (SDGs) of the United Nations, as well as the Addis Ababa Action Agendas that provided organizations with opportunities to harmonize humanitarian-oriented development work with environmental protection and conservation.

Being an authoritative source of environmental information about Somalia, as well as an extensive user of leading edge technologies for environmental studies, SWALIM was invited to showcase its application of ICTs on land degradation studies in Somalia during two breakout sessions of the conference. Recent applications of GIS/Remote Sensing technologies on the effects of charcoal production and Prosopis Juliflora expansion (Prosopis is an aggressive invasive tree species threatening to take over Somali agricultural and range lands) were exhibited at the conference, with attendees lauding the innovative work.