Somalia Water and Land Information Management (SWALIM) project is an information
management unit serving Somali administrations, non-governmental organizations,
development agencies and UN organisations engaged in assisting Somali communities
whose lives depend directly on water and land resources.
One and a half
decades of civil strife in Somalia have resulted in the loss or damage
of most of the water- and land-related information collected in the previous
half century. By producing baseline information, assessing natural resources,
searching for existing information sources around the world, SWALIM is
recovering as much of lost data as possible.
The project is also re-establishing
data collection networks in collaboration with partner agencies, to facilitate
better assessment of rainfall, river flow, groundwater resources, land
characteristics, degradation and land suitability as well as improving
flood warning and flood management. Data and information are available
to anyone working in related fields in Somalia, through its client service
platform which includes a website, www.faoswalim.org, information resource
centres in Nairobi and at liaison offices in Somalia with hardcopy and
digital libraries, as well as information access terminals and the e-mail
enquiries service, dealing with special requests.
Information is also distributed
through CD-Roms, especially for clients with slow internet connections.
To facilitate the eventual transfer of SWALIM’s function to Somali
authorities, SWALIM is working with Somali Ministries and institutions
to build their information management capacity.