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Strengthening Water and Land Information Management in Somalia - GCP/SOM/050/MUL










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    Enhancing Land and Water Resources Management in Somaliland and Puntland - GCP/SOM/059/EC 2023
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    The FAO Somalia Water and Land Information Management (SWALIM) programmehas been successfully operating in Somalia for almost 20 years, serving government institutions, Non-governmental Organizations (NGOs), development agencies, and United Nations bodies engaged in assisting Somali communities whose lives and livelihoods depend directly on water and land resources. The programmeprovides high quality water and land information, crucial to relief, rehabilitation and development initiatives in the country, to support sustainable water and land resources development and management. The current project, funded by the European Union, is integral to the FAO-SWALIM programmeand was designed specifically to address the requirements of Somaliland and Puntland. The project aimed to strengthen the capacity of all responsible government institutions by creating an Information Management Centre (IMC) able to provide the information and services required to design strategies, plans and infrastructures to improve access to water and sustainable use of land resources, especially for rural communities.
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    Technical Support to Water and Soil Rehabilitation for Improved Climate Resilience in Golestan, Khouzestan and Lorestan Provinces - TCP/IRA/3703 2022
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    Following spring floods in the Islamic Republic of Iran in 2019 the government requested FAO to assist the Ministry of Agriculture Jahad in the rehabilitation of the three most affected provinces of Lorestan Khouzestan and Golestan The agriculture sector in these provinces had suffered serious losses as a result of damage to land and water resources The recovery process was further impeded by the significant level of soil erosion caused by the flood and rainwaters The impact on soils will have longer term effects on land productivity and yields in these areas and, in some cases, it may be necessary to change land use, resulting in the loss of farms and creating a need for alternative livelihood opportunities for flood affected farmers that are resilient to climate change impacts and natural hazards In Lorestan and Khouzestan provinces, both of which have distinct ecological characteristics, the floods damaged not only farmlands but also agricultural infrastructures Lorestan province is a mountainous region with steeped farmlands and deep valleys The sudden over accumulation of rain destroyed bridges and orchards, and washed away three pumping stations, used to irrigate over 5 000 ha of farms Khouzestan province, on the other hand, is a flat plain with low elevation Three months after the floods, water logging and an increase in land salinity were observed in some areas, particularly in areas that are lower than the surrounding plain.
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    FAO/ Somalia Plan of Action 2011-2013 2017
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    The FAO Somalia Plan of Action 2011-2013 is derived from the recently published FAO Strategy in Somalia 2011-2015 which provides the analysis, justification and underlying principles of FAO’s actions in the country. The overall goal of the Strategy is Improving Livelihoods and Food Security in Somalia informed by the principle of building back better. The Strategy is the outcome of a process that gave high officials from Somaliland, Puntland and South Central/ Transitional Federal Government -TF G the opportunity to voice their views on the priority issues that Somalia must resolve for direct impact and catalytic effect. The results of the discussions were refined and elaborated into specific objectives and outcomes by the FAO Somalia team of national and international experts on the basis of their considerable experience of Somalia and hard data and information from various sources, particularly from the Food Security and Nutrition Analysis Unit (FSNAU) and the Somali Water and Land In formation Management project (SWALIM).

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