Topic: Rhamis will be discussing how the application of permaculture water harvesting earthworks infrastructure will be used to address the ecological challenges faced in Northern Somalia. Of particular interest will be the Sanaag Region, which includes The Cal Madow Mountain Range. Cal Madow’s environment has suffered greatly in recent years along with its ecology, much of which is unique to it. Only a fraction of the flora remains, and its distribution remains sparse and unprotected. Although local knowledge of natural resources endemic to the area is great, agricultural and social projects as well as United Nations and foreign-aided development schemes usually fail to consider or make use of this insight.
By Admin - June,12 -2011
Just to give an idea of the scale of this project, here it is in relation to Southern Ireland. (click for a larger image).
It's difficult to do permaculture on a tiny piece of land in a way that can really demonstrate the full potential. Really we need an entire ecosystem; a watershed, a mountain or something like that. Ideally the whole planet! Something as large as this project could really achieve the benefits we talk about ecologically, and would be an example to use to show how effective our ideas can be.
Seeing the area concerned outlined on a map of Ireland brings home the impossibility of doing such things in the 'more developed' world. The bureaucrats would have a field day! It would cost about 20 billion dollars just to do a feasibility study, and about 20 years to fill in all the paperwork, even if we could get everyone living there into the idea. And by that time, it would have morphed into a hideously convoluted mishmash with input from every pressure group and NGO in the country. The insurance bill alone would be comparable to the GNP of a small nation. We'd need a tower block or two to house all the administration offices.
It may be large and difficult, but in areas like Warsangeliland, we could actually do this and succeed.
By Rhamis Kent - 15 March 2011
BNovember 18, 2010
Waxaa waajib ka saaran yahay dadka degan degaankaa innay ilaashadaan degaankaas taas oo qiimma gaar ah uu aduunka ka leeyahay degaanka dabiicigga ah,taas oo Dhir iyo Xayawaan badan oo aduunka in tiissa kale aan lagga helin ay jiraan.
By Rhamis Kent 28. June 2010
A comprehensive, lasting security is created through giving people a viable means to provide for themselves.
The ultimate goal should be to enable the country of Somalia and its people to create a self-sustaining economy of their own. Only then will there be a meaningful, lasting peace.
There is an obvious vested interest for certain parties to cast Somalia’s problems as primarily a security matter (private military contractors & security firms, to name a couple). However, it does nothing to solve the basic problem which is economic in nature.
June 26, 2010A
In January 1995, a Team of Botanists led by Dr. Mats Thulin of the Uppsala University, Sweden visited the Calmadow range, on behalf of Flora Somalia Project based in Uppsala. The survey was the most extensive botanical survey ever done in the area. About eight new species were discovered and this shows how far the area remained untouched for so many years. Many more plant species surely remain untouched for. A further full ecological research and investigation will undoubtedly provide many more new records for the country.
Calmadow is the mountain range, which situates in the northeastern Somalia extending from several kilometers west of Bosaso to the north west of Erigavo.
The ecological importance of the Calmadow Mountain Range in N.E. Somalia is very significant due to its uniqueness in the Somali realm.
The thickly closed mountain forest has an altitude between 700-800 m above sea level with a mean annual rainfall of 750-850mm. The highest peak of the mountain range is 2500m at Shembir beris north west of Erigavo, in addition to the rainfall Calmadow receive additional precipitation, fogs and winter rains which support isolated forests such as Juniperus, Buxus etc,.
June 26, 2010
The conservation of tropical forests is now a major international concern since they contain approximately 50% of all species and play important roles in prevention of flooding, siltation, soil erosion, water catchments and regulation of climate.
Although Calmadow range remains inaccessible for clearance, some parts of the Sool area are extremely vulnerable. The acceleration of Acacia bussei (Galool) forest loss for charcoal trade since the nineties indicate that the remaining Acacia forests in the Sool and bush land area near Calmadow , is likely to be wiped out in the next few years, unless urgent action is taken.
By Dahir Warsame and Ismail Gamadid, Co-Founders, Somali Wildlife Conservation Network - June 06, 2010
Of course, Somalia’s environmental challenges are overshadowed by the wars and political instability that exist today. However, the work to create a clean environment for the current and future generations has it own importance. A recent meeting of world leaders in Geneva, UNEP leadership identified control of international movement of hazardous material and their disposal as the pressing issues for the world agency.
Ms Katherina Kummer Peiry, the Executive Secretary of the Basel Convention, a convention for the control of transboundary movement of hazardous material and their disposal, said “The international community is signalling its support for increased efforts to promote the environmentally sound management of waste during a time of transition with new waste streams, new technological developments and ways in which waste moves around the world,". This is significant progress towards finding solutions to one of today’s major environmental concerns for developing countries such as Somalia. As we all know that there is general consensus that the dumping of industrial waste into the waters of Somalia, and during the 2004 tsunami disaster, many remnants of the dumps came ashore at some beaches of Somalia, including the capital.