SES Annual Conference

Somali Ecological Society (SES) Annual Conference

"SOMALIA: Environmental Natural Resources Management and Climate Change

Saturday 5th January 2019
11:30 am to 16:00 pm

Willesden Green Library, 95 High Road, London NW10 2SF, UK.

0208 357 1732

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The Somali Ecological Society (SES) was established in 1983 and it is non-political and non-profit making organization, which promotes nature conservation in former Somali Democratic Republic (Now Somalia and Somaliland). It gives advice on nature conservation to the government, organizations and Institutions whose activities affect Somali wildlife and wild places. We are actively concerned both with the identification and the preservation of natural habitats in Somalia and Somaliland and with increasing national conservation awareness

The organization made considerable progress from 1983 –1990.
The most successful projects by the Somali Ecological Society during this period included the following:

  • The SES established the first Nature Reserve in Balcad and was able to achieve reserve status as of 7th June 1985. The objectives of the Balcad Nature Reserve were: protection of the remaining forest, encouragement of the recovery of the ecosystem, establishment of the facilities for the study of wildlife and forest ecology and provision of education and training opportunities.
  • Aid to the Somali Research Project (University College London) in their study and presentations on the remaining riverine forest of the Jubba Valley.
  • Assisted with a survey of four potential Wildlife Reserve near Mogadishu (Within 60 kilometres radius).
  • Provision of a forum for Scientists to present and discuss their findings by holding meetings, open to the public, once a month.
  • Publications included a regular newsletter and guides to Birds and mammals in the Nature Reserve and Nationally.

Aim of the Conference

This SES Annual Conference, for the first time, seeks to consider the environmental issues, and to set out opportunities for the future, particularly in relation to environmental sustainability and livelihoods, and the challenges, most notably the energy challenges, of the 21st Century.

Specific objectives:

  • To exchange and share the range of changes, impacts, and vulnerabilities to the land based and marine based environment and livelihoods In Somalia.
  • To set out the current level of knowledge energy demands both in rural and urban and illegal charcoal export.
  • To share information about alternative sources of energy appropriate for rural and urban use in Somalia ; and set out pathways to actively integrate these into peoples lives.
  • To reflect on past "community based environment enhancing activities" (eg. Ballad Nature Reserve, Shallambood community sand dune stabilisation); and to set out how past / existing initiatives could be strengthened, and where and how new initiatives might be started./li>
  • To discuss the urgent need for integrated local and national conservation and energy policies to cease and reverse the current threats of environmental degradation facing Somalia and Somali people and to ensure a sustainable environmental future for all Somalia.

Who should attend/ who can attend

The aim of this Conference is to bring together those engaged in the formulation of policies along with those promoting the wise use of Somalia’s natural resources to address several specific objectives.

This conference aims to bring together everyone who is interested in or involved in maintaining the wise use of Somalia’s natural resources both land and marine based and to ensure the ensure sustaining biodiversity which is an essential component of nature which provides food medicine fuel wood etc

The SES Annual conference in 2017 theme this years aims to encourage cooperation and information exchange on different topics of ecology biodiversity research, energy, policy makers, scientists and experts,

The Conference would also be an exciting opportunity, especially for students, Interesting and encouraging lectures will be presented by experts that cover a range of disciplines related to biodiversity , Ecology and Biodiversity Conservation, Forestry, Marine Biodiversity, Plant and Animal Biodiversity, Sustainable Development and Vulnerable species.