Somaliland:Biji Water Resources and Sustainable land management Project Commissioned


By Goth Mohamed Goth

The Ministry of Agricultural development, Gabiley regional authorities for agriculture, environment and water, as well as agropastoral farmers, clan elders and other relevant stakeholders today signed a memorandum of understand as part of Sustainable land management in Somaliland project (BIJI).

The 5 years project which is being commissioned by German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) in partnership with Somaliland Ministry of Agricultural development and implemented by GIZ in three village’s located near Togga Biji water catchment area.

Mr. Mohamed Elmi Aden (Ilka-casse), the director general in the ministry of agricultural development speaking after the signing ceremony held at the Gabiley town hall said, “The 5 years Biji project is meant to support them to be more effective in their efforts to improve sustainable land management in the Togga Biji water catchment area.

“The project will improve the skills, resources and capacity of relevant stakeholders, including state partner organisations, municipal administrations, civil society, agropastoral farmers and others. This will enable them to plan and implement coordinated measures geared to the sustainable use of natural resources such as soil, water, biodiversity and the environment” Mr. Mohamed Elmi Aden (Ilka-casse), said.

Mr. Ali AbdI Abdillahi , the deputy governor of Gabiley region speaking at the venue said, “These project will help us conserve precious natural resources and create an enormous environmental gain by preserving the quality of the soil and water sources.

Mr. Mohamed Amin Omer, the Mayor of Gabiley town on his part said, “The signing of this memorandum of understanding calls on all the stakeholders to fulfill our obligations as required.

The project is active in the following areas:

1, Participatory land management

  1. Promoting sustainable agriculture (rainfed farming)
  2. Policy advising and developing skills, resources and capacity.



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