Ramaad – environment relief project in Somalia

The Ramaad project started in January 2014 with a pilot year. Its three project sites are Afmadow in Jubbaland, El-Adde in Gedo and Guriel-Dhusamareeb in Galgadud region. The project is funded by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland.

Objective

The long-term objective is to enhance sustainable development of the environment and the well-being of local people by combatting desertification and deforestation. The project raises environmental awareness, develops possibilities to reduce the use of charcoal and creates new networks and collaboration over boundaries between countries, regions, organizations and clans.

Partners

The Ramaad project is administered and coordinated by the Finnish Somalia Network, and it has three partner organizations in Finland and three in Somalia.

The partners in Finland are:

1. Gannaane

2. Sahed

3. Suomi-Somalia Seura

The partners in Somalia are:

1. Action for relief and development (ARD)

2. Agro-pastoral charity organisation (APCO)

3. Sahal Healthcare and Development Association (SAHDA)

The Network also collaborates closely with The Viikki Tropical Resources Institute (VITRI).

Activities

The activities of the first year include a joint meeting in Mogadishu gathering all the partners, two seminars for the wide audience and stakeholders at each project site, testing energy saving stoves, training of the project personnel on tree nursery techniques and preparatory measures to establish local environment centers.

In addition, during the first year a baseline study will be conducted at the project sites in order to specify the plans for the next phase. Another important objective is the capacity building of the partner organizations in project administration and networking. This is enhanced by training and monitoring related to reporting and the financial administration, but also by cooperation seminars.

Further funding for the Ramaad project has been applied for the years 2015-2017 from the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland. The decision on the funding is expected by the end of the year 2014. The objectives for the continuation project are increased environmental awareness, decrease of the use of trees, protection of local tree species and increase of growing trees and also improved capacity and cooperation of the project partners.