About Us

Mohamoud Omer Sh. Ibrahim

--Chairman

About SES

As chairman of the Somali Ecological Society (SES) I would like to welcome you to the SES Website. I will introduce you to the work of SES, and to the environmental threats facing the Somali people. The Society was founded in 1983 as a non-political and non-profit making organisation and was the first local environmental NGO in the Somalia. In its early years the conservation efforts focussed upon identifying and protecting vegetation and wildlife habitats, which represent natural ecotypes of Somalia and Somaliland. The society undertook conservation projects, including the employment of staff, including reserve wardens for the Balcad Nature Reserve. Later following civil strife, founders and former members (many of them refugees in the UK who continued to have a deep concern for the state of the things in their beloved country) proposed to re-launch the SES in the UK. This was achieved in 1996 after 18 months of discussions. A first step was to re-establishing contacts with former SES members in Somalia/Somaliland. A new Management Committee was formed, and a new constitution has been drawn up with a clear set of objectives aimed at preserving and a new constitution has been drawn up with a clear set of objectives aimed at preserving the biological diversity of Somalia/Somaliland and promoting wise uses of natural resources, including forests, woodlands, wildlife, water and rangelands.

The following summaries the progress made by the SES in the last 2-3 years.

Progress from 2017

The SES as an environmental NGO has been revitalised from the 2017 and the following summarises.

  • A new management committee or Trustees have been recruited and new aim and objectives drafted and agreed by the management committee.

  • The SES has set up small SES offices in Mogadishu Somalia with help of Dahir Kadiye who member of the SES Trustee is, and Mr Kadiye has recruited volunteers and he has successfully worked with volunteers who in turn identified the key environmental issues facing Somalia and especially southern and central Somalia. Waste recycling has amongst others came as a priority issues for the people living in Mogadishu Somalia.

  • More work remains to get the SES registered in Somaliland as a local environmental NGO in Somalia.

  • The SES has taken its first steps in setting up small SES office in Hargeisa, Somaliland. But so far, more work remain o register the SES in Hargeisa as a local environmental NGO and its hoped that current trustees will work hard to ensure that SES is able to work in Somali speaking regions as well as other countries in the Horn of Africa.

  • The organisation has its first AGM in June 2017 at Indian YMCA and the conference was attended by former British expatriate as well as Somali diaspora and topic presented varied from Current environmental situation in the country, the level of land and natural resources degradation, wildlife, droughts and floods .Please click here to see the report.

  • The SES has signed memorandum of understanding with the CIDT (Centre for international development and training) which is part of Wolverhampton University.

  • The SES Management committee highlighted the need for registering the organisation here in the UK with the charity commission. The process started late 2017 and continued through the early part of 2018 and the organisation has been successfully registered as charity here in the UK in June 2018.

  • The SESQ quarterly meeting has been held on regular basis from 2017 and documents and notes of these meetings and properly recorded.

  • The SES held its 2018 AGM Conference in January 2019. Please see more information about the conference on the website. The conference attracted wide publicity across the world and especially among Somali websites and media. Mohamoud Ibrahim, the chair was interviewed both in the BBC Somali as well as Voice of America which gave 1 hour long. The press release from the conference please click here

Key priority Issues identified through the SES conference in 2019:

  • Have safe systems forWaste management and disposal in Mogadishu and Hargeisa
  • Reduce and recycle plastic on land, water and the ocean
  • A Curricula in environmental conservation for Somalian University and Schools education
  • Re-establish an Herbarium
  • Establishing an Appropriate Technology education/demonstration centre (similar to that in Wales: http://www.cat.org.uk/ ) near Hargeisa to show how environmental sustainability could work in practice
  • Promote, fund and demonstrate renewable energy to reduce environmental damage and especially reduce the demand for charcoal causing illegal deforestation leading to soil erosion, floods and droughts
  • Support the Somali Government with funding applications for climate funds to carry out climate mitigation, adaptation and resilience actions.

Mohamoud Omer Sh. Ibrahim
--Chair, SES UK head office
--April 2019
Please click here for more information about SES Constitution...