Your Environment is Your Life is a four year project (2013 – 2017) funded by the European Union (EU) MDG Initiative for Somalia. Adeso and CARE are co-implementing the project in close collaboration with Puntland’s Ministry of Environment, Wildlife and Tourism (MoEWT), nomadic pastoralist and agro-pastoralist communities and associations, and local women organizations across the regions of Sool, Sanaag, Bari, Mudug, Karkaar and Nugal.

About Adeso

Adeso is a humanitarian and development organization that is changing the way people think about and deliver aid in Africa. We are an NGO in Africa working in a very different way than most. We believe that development must come from within, not outside African communities. That it is Africans themselves who must determine Africa’s future, and that while international aid has provided much-needed support, it often falls short of enabling lasting change at grassroots level. We want to change this, and our strong bonds with African communities mean we are uniquely placed to do so. Read more here.

About CARE International in Somalia

CARE has been providing development and life saving assistance across all regions of Somalia since 1981. Its programmes go beyond meeting basic needs at the onset of an emergency to helping affected communities recover and rebuild their lives long after the crisis ends. In order to strengthen communities to better cope with future disasters and address persistent problems of poverty and marginalization, CARE is implementing a variety of longer term development activities aimed at addressing the underlying causes of poverty in Somalia. Our development programs particularly aim at supporting marginalized women and youth through innovative projects in education, water and sanitation, sustainable environmental activities, civil society development, peace building and governance and small scale enterprise development. Read more here.

About the EU in Somalia

The EU is engaged in Somalia through a comprehensive approach based on active diplomacy and support to the political process, security support, development assistance and humanitarian aid.

The engagement of the EU Special Envoy and the Delegation team, jointly with the efforts of the EU Special Representative for the Horn of Africa, should allow the EU to accompany the new political dispensation and to develop a close partnership with all the Somali stakeholders. The completion of the transition and the appointment of the new Somali leadership have indeed led the EU to engage in a regular dialogue with the Federal Institutions as well as with the regional authorities on a renewed partnership in respect of Somali ownership.

Under the EU Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP), the EU has also launched 3 missions to contribute to security challenges: (1) the Military Training Mission (EUTM) to support the Somali security forces, (2) the EU Naval Force (EU NAVFOR) operation “Atalanta” to fight piracy at sea, (3) the EUCAP NESTOR to develop regional maritime capacity of states in the Horn.

Moreover, the EU is Somalia’s main development partner. More than half of the EU’s total assistance focuses on development aid and more particularly on governance, education and economic development.

Through this set of instruments that constitutes a wide and comprehensive approach, the EU is the largest donor to Somalia with more than 1 billion euros over several years.

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About MoEWT

The Ministry of Environment, Wildlife and Tourism was established in 2009 by the semi-autonomous Puntland State of Somalia. Since its inception, the Ministry has partnered with NGOs, Donors and local community stakeholders in creating environmental and rangeland policies for the Puntland State.