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Somalia Water and Land Information Management (SWALIM): Improving flood and drought risk management

Somalia Water and Land Information Management (SWALIM): Improving flood and drought risk management

Full title of the project:

Somalia Water and Land Information Management (SWALIM): Improving flood and drought risk management

Target areas:

Somalia. 

Recipient:
Contribution:
USD 455 000
01/01/2019-31/03/2020
Project code:
OSRO/SOM/903/USA
Objective:

To strengthen community resilience through the use of early warning information to improve flood and drought risk reduction, preparedness and mitigation.

Key partners:

Ministry of Agricultural Development of Somaliland, Ministry of Environment, Agriculture and Climate Change of Puntland and the Federal Government of Somalia.

Beneficiaries reached:

Government agencies, humanitarian and development organizations, academic institutions, community-based organizations, Non-governmental Organizations (NGOs) and affected communities.

Activities implemented:
  • Collected and analysed baseline data to include in the flood risk and response management information system (FRRIMS).
  • Carried out improvements to the Combined Drought Index (CDI), which now comprises spatial analysis and can be accessed through a web platform.
  • Identified and mapped out 172 river breakages along the Juba and Shabelle Rivers that were then shared with the Federal Government of Somalia and humanitarian and development agencies for timely interventions.
  • Procured and installed two Automatic Weather Stations (AWS) that record a variety of weather parameters.
  • Procured and delivered five groundwater monitoring stations to Somalia (to be installed along with training for Ministry of Water staff once COVID-19 related restrictions are lifted).
  • Produced 36 three-day rainfall forecast updates, 12 flood updates and several customised hydro-meteorological reports during the Gu and Deyr 2019 rainy seasons, which were then disseminated to more than 965 recipients via email and the SWALIM website.
  • Disseminated 6 500 SMS alerts during the Deyr 2019 season to communities within flood-prone areas and collaborated with Radio Ergo, which partners with more than 15 local FM stations in Somalia, to disseminate flood messages to over four million people.
Impact:
  • Increased the precision of early warning information by enhancing FRRIMS and the CDI.
  • Enabled data collected from the AWS to be used to support flood and drought monitoring and early warning information.
  • Increased the number of subscribers who receive flood alert SMS by over 100 percent from the previous year.
  • Contributed to the expansion of groundwater monitoring stations across Somalia that are crucial in the management of water resources.
  • Enhanced the capacity of local institutions to run water and land systems for the sustainable management of natural resources.
  • Contributed to the delivery of SWALIM information and early warning support to local and international communities, while building the capacity of government line ministry staff and working towards a gradual transfer of SWALIM activities within Somalia.