SWALIM Participates in ICT4D Conference
The 2016 ICT4D Conference is a global event that has evolved over the past 8 years gathering together a large group of international development professionals who are applying innovations in technology to development work.
Drawing participants from over 70 countries, the ICT4D 2016 conference was held at Nairobi, Kenya 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 UN’s Sustainable Development Goals for 2030 and the Addis Ababa Action Agenda, both of which provide organizations with opportunities to harmonize humanitarian-oriented development work with environmental protection and conservation.
Being an important source of environmental information for Somalia, as well as an innovator with its use of ICTs for environmental and natural resource studies, SWALIM was invited to make a presentation to the conference. SWALIM also had an opportunity to showcase its application of ICT on Land Degradation studies for Somalia with 2 breakout sessions.
Recent applications of GIS/Remote Sensing technologies on the effects of charcoal production on Somali forests and the environmental damage caused by the Prosospis Juliflora invasive species were exhibited at the conference venue with attendees lauding the presented work as very innovative.