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We have 16 items tagged with ‘Drylands’.
  • Dlonguebougou, is a village of 1,500 people in the commune of N'Koumandougou, on the northern edge in central Mali (Image: Google Maps)

    Long-term change in the Malian Sahel: portrait of Dlonguebougou village

    IIED is documenting social and environmental change in the village of Dlonguebougou, in central Mali. The research will examine transformations to land use, people, and livelihoods in this dryland region over 35 years

    14 August 2017 | Project | Climate change
  • Stormclouds gather over the Bekaa Valley in Lebanon, where aid agencies provide emergency help, but long-term planning is needed to deal with wider environmental stresses (Photo: Hadi Jaafar, Diane Archer, Akram Hajj Hassan and Caroline King-Okumu/IIED)

    Unblocking the cycle of water stress, crises and innovation in drylands

    Urbanising regions in drylands often face environmental problems – particularly water stress. When people in these areas are also responding to other crises, such as conflict or refugee flows, it becomes difficult for them to implement long-term solutions. IIED is looking at ways to strengthen resilience in crisis-hit dryland regions, focusing initially on environmental challenges in Lebanon's Bekaa Valley and the arid lands of Kenya

    4 January 2017 | Project | Drylands and pastoralism
  • A pastoralist dwelling in Niger. Rural communities have learned to exploit the variability of dryland environments (Photo: IIED)

    The end of desertification?

    Droughts in the Horn of Africa and the Sahel introduced the idea of desertification to a worldwide audience. However it can be argued that the concept of desertification has ceased to be analytically useful and distorts our understanding of social-environmental systems and their resilience. For better policy and governance, we need to reconsider the scientific justification for attempts to manage drylands by combating desertification

    29 September 2016 | Blog | Drylands and pastoralism
  • A community discusses water and energy challenges in Alango, Kenya (Photo: Ibrahim Jarso, Resource Advocacy Program)

    Participatory investment planning for environment, water and energy in arid and uncertain environments

    IIED is working in dryland areas, where water availability is sometimes scarce and unpredictable. Energy options and ecosystem processes also differ from those in more humid environments. These essential environmental characteristics can affect – either positively or negatively – all human activities and the achievement of all the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

    25 August 2016 | Project | Climate change
  • Divisional Adaptation Planning Committees (DAPCs) act as community focal points (Photo: Sam Greene/IIED)

    Local climate finance funding community-prioritised adaptation

    Local governments in the drylands of Kenya, Mali, Senegal and Tanzania are establishing local-level climate adaptation funds with technical support from IIED and other partners

    26 November 2015 | Project | Climate change
  • IIED director Camilla Toulmin speaks in a plenary session on day one of IIED's Fair Ideas event in Rio de Janeiro, June 2012 (Photo: Tom Broadhurst/IIED)

    The things that make me proud

    Outgoing director Camilla Toulmin looks back at her early work on drylands and the three achievements while leading IIED that have made her most proud

    22 June 2015 | Blog | Drylands and pastoralism
  • Isiolo County, Kenya: dryland areas make up more than 80 per cent of Kenya's land and are home to some four million pastoralists (Photo: James Patison/IIED)

    A new approach to climate resilient drylands agriculture

    A new book that hopes to provide some fresh perspectives on drylands development will be launched in Nairobi on 28 April

    27 April 2015 | News | Communication
  • Resource scouts such as Abdelkader, pictured in the Ewaso Ng'iro river bed, Isiolo County, gauge how best to use dry-season grazing areas (Photo: Caroline King-Okumu/IIED)

    The economics of local adaptation in the dryland ecosystems of Isiolo County

    Investments to support pastoralists in Northern Kenya to adapt to the changing climate pay immediate dividends – but the benefits are even greater if the indirect impacts can also be taken into account

    22 April 2015 | Blog | Climate change
  • Sheep grazing dry season pastures in Mopti, Mali (Photo: Near East Foundation)

    Decentralising Climate Funds in Mali and Senegal

    Communities are best placed to decide which climate adaptations will strengthen their resilience. We helping local governments in Mali and Senegal to manage funds for community-prioritised adaptation

    19 March 2015 | Project | Climate change
  • While one of the objectives of the 2014 World Day to Combat Desertification is to strengthen the visibility of the drylands on the international environmental agenda, much more is needed (Photo: Marie Monimart)

    Celebrating the drylands

    Understanding and collaboration on the drylands teaches us much about adapting to climate change

    17 June 2014 | Blog | Climate change
  • An example of crops grown through no-till farming in Western Australia (Photo: Bill Crabtree)

    Spreading the word about the no-till agricultural revolution

    Never heard of no-till agriculture? It's revolutionising agriculture in Australia and other drylands countries. "No-Till Bill", a pioneer in the technique, is now spreading the word in Europe

    31 March 2014 | Blog | Food and agriculture
  • New fund to help Kenyan communities adapt to climate change

    On 29 October, the government of Kenya will launch a new fund to help communities in the north of the country adapt to climate change and other development challenges.

    26 October 2012 | News | Climate change
  • A man leads a herd of camels with the sun setting behind them.

    What’s in a narrative? In policy, everything or nothing

    Narrative means story, right? But not if you work on development policy, where narrative means something quite different: a framework for action, but one that can create problems if left to roll like a stone down a hill on its own.

    28 September 2012 | Blog | Communication
  • Talking change: climate change adaptation in Tanzania

    'Change' was the underlining theme for day one of the workshop, Implications of Climate Change for Drylands Planning in Tanzania at District and National Levels: Opportunities and Challenges. It’s about a changing climate, but it’s also about changing attitudes, approaches and planning processes.

    1 June 2012 | News | Climate change
  • Pastoralism videos/Vidéos pastoralisme

    15 June 2011 | Article | Climate change
  • Haramata Communications Initiative

    Haramata - bulletin of the drylands - published its last issue in 2010. It had established itself as a valuable information and networking channel for people working for the sustainable development of dryland areas, mainly but not exclusively in Africa.

    13 October 2008 | Article | Climate change
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