According to bank documents, the project objective is to develop water, agriculture and environmental catchment services among agro-pastoralist communities in dry-land areas of Somalia.
Somalia has embarked on a journey for the sustainable development of its water resources for its communities. With the support of the World Bank, the Somaliland and Puntland states piloted low cost and conflict deterring water solutions under the Water for Agro-Pastoralist Livelihoods Pilot Project (WALP), a US$2 million pilot that resulted in the building of eight sand dams over the period 2016 to 2018. This investment paved the way for the ongoing Water for Agro Pastoral Productivity and Resilience (Biyoole) Project. The increased budget (US$42 million) allowed to scale up activities across Puntland, Galmudug and South West States. The two projects validate the country’s approach to increasing water catchment in the drylands through sand dams which have the potential to protect water from high evapotranspiration whilst supplying in small amounts water for both domestic and agricultural consumption. The dams being small and not requiring extensive land masses to build pose less conflicts of which can be managed through both community level and high level conflict resolution mechanisms. The Biyoole project is building capacity in issues of policies, regulations and guidelines. Biyoole II, continues this trajectory by scaling up the investments and introducing environmental catchment services.
Chantal Richey, James Muli Musinga
Senior Water Supply and Sanitation Specialist
Federal Republic of Somalia
Ministry of Planning Investment and Economic Development
Abdullahi Elmi Dr
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