Federal Government of Somalia establish Environment Wing in Office of the Prime Minister with the support of UNDPMar 1, 2016
The Minister of Water & Energy and State Minister of Environment together with UNDP Country Director, George Conway, inaugurated the Environment Office. This office is focal point for multi-lateral environmental agreements (MEAs) and will coordinate national level actions with line ministries to meet Somalia’s obligations under the MEAs.
State Minister of Environment, H. E. Buri Hamza, highly acknowledged the support provided by UNDP for rebuilding the institutions in Somalia and ensured that Environment Office will provide the platform to Federal Line Ministries and governments of Member States to implement projects in the areas of environment and climate change.
Approximately 70% of Somalis are dependent on climate-sensitive agriculture and pastoralism. As floods and droughts become more severe and frequent in Somalia, there is a need to find approaches that can reduce the environmental degradation in the country and the new office will help the federal government excuse such task throughout Somalia’s affected regions.
UNDP works to integrate issues of climate, disaster risk and energy at the country level, and focuses on building resilience and ensuring that development remains risk-informed and sustainable.