Mogadishu(SD)-The Somali government and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) have launched a climate adaptation project to help rural communities access adequate water.
The Deputy Prime Minister and Acting Prime Minister, Mahdi Mohamed Guled (Khadar) and UNDP Representative for Somalia, Jocelyn Mason signed the project together.
The new four-year project will be led by the Prime Minister’s Office and implemented by the Ministry of Energy and Water Resources. The project will cost $ 10 million, of which $ 8.5 million is provided by the World Environment Fund, with the remaining 1.5 million being provided by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP).
Every two or five years, Somalia faces problems caused by global climate change including floods, hurricanes and droughts, which contribute to community displacement, and raise competition for water and land.
The impact of climate change that has reduced water resources in the already fragile waters could cause further violence in the community.
Pastoralists are most vulnerable to climate change because their livestock depend on grazing on the rainforest, most of them do not have their own grazing land, and are often overwhelmed by water disputes.
The project, which works closely with the community, provides flood management and water conservation training.