Somalia: Italy and FAO launch initiative to improve the management of water and land resources

Mogadishu, 23rd June 2024 – The Embassy of Italy in Mogadishu, the Italian Agency for Development Cooperation (AICS), and the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) launched an initiative to improve the management of water and land resources information in Somalia, worth an investment of 2 Millions Euros.

The initiative includes two components: on one hand, it addresses the effects of climate change, in particular by reducing the risks of flooding that often affect the city of Qardho in Puntland. The second component aims to support the gradual transfer of the functions of the SWALIM information system, developed by FAO, to Somali institutions and ministries, in a view of enhanced sustainability. The system provides essential data and information products for the sustainable management of the country’s land and water resources.

FAO Representative in Somalia, Etienne Peterschmitt, stated: “This project aligns with FAO’s mission to transform agri-food systems in Somalia, making them more resilient, sustainable, inclusive, and efficient. It will support the critical functions of SWALIM, directly assisting the federal and state governments of Somalia. Additionally, it will ensure that SWALIM continues to provide essential information on water, land, and natural resources to development partners, aiding in informed decision-making and the design and implementation of effective interventions”.

The Italian Ambassador to Somalia, Pier Mario Daccò Coppi, stated: “Italy’s longstanding support for this initiative underscores our dedication to providing our Somali partners with the essential tools and knowledge for proactive and informed decision-making. The threats posed by climate change and water scarcity grow: these global challenges demand collective efforts to be faced effectively. Today, Italy reaffirms its commitment to standing by Somalia in this crucial endeavour”.

Giovanni Grandi, Head of the AICS office in Nairobi, said: “When it comes to use environmental and natural resources sustainably, AICS shares the same interests as Somalia. By enhancing local capacities, we aim to foster sustainable development and resilience in the region. This project represents a significant step towards ensuring water and land resources are managed effectively, benefiting communities today and for future generations”.

Representatives from the Embassy of Italy and FAO at the signing ceremony in Mogadishu. Credits FAO

Ambassador of Italy Daccò Coppi (left) and FAO Representative Peterschmitt (right) at the signing ceremony. Credits FAO

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