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. In addition the Society sought to increase environmental awareness, and bring problems to the attention of planners and decision-makers. Click here for additional information about the SES, its aims and Objectives.
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 the biological diversity of Somalia/Somaliland and promoting wise uses of natural resources, including forests, woodlands, wildlife, water and rangelands.
The re-vitalised Society sent two fact-finding missions to Somalia and Somaliland in 1999, which reported a number of disturbing developments. This includes the plundering of natural resources, which current and future people depend on for their livelihood. Examples include:
The above pose serious threats to the bio-diversity and the sustainable use of natural resources, and the social and economic re-development of the Somali people.
Please feel free to browse our website. And if you feel that you would like to join / re-join the Society, and thereby support renewed conservation efforts in Somalia/Somaliland, please complete the membership application form and return it to our Membership Secretary.
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