Climate-smart water harvesting, and storage systems help rural communities overcome climate shocks

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Through the Integrated Land and Water Resources Management project funded by the European Union, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) is working with the local governments and communities in Qardho, Puntland and Xabaale, Somaliland to support land and water management in both regions at local, institution and policy levels.
The project implemented through FAO’s Somalia, Water and Land Management (SWALIM) Programme built water harvesting and storage systems in Qardho, Puntland and in Xabaale, Somaliland using clean solar energy. These water assets have enabled rural farmers and pastoralists to collect and use seasonal rainwater for their animals and crops, thereby promoting continued production in the face of the ongoing worsening drought.

FAO has also supported the establishment of two Information Management Centres within line ministries in Puntland and Somaliland to support effective and informed management of land and water resources in the two regions.

The two centres are now fully operational with dedicated trained staff who generate land and water resources information and knowledge products. Besides a series of national level training, 22 representatives from the IMCs and line ministries of Somaliland and Puntland have been trained in Integrated Watershed Management in Egypt through a South-South Cooperation modality

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