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  • 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
  • A dust storm looms over the drylands of the Sahel (Photo: Marie Monimart/IIED)

    How oceans dried out the Sahel 

    Alessandra Giannini challenges the view that local people were to blame for drought in the Sahel in the 1970s and 1980s – and explains how climate models now show the cause lies in the oceans

    21 October 2016 | Blog | Climate change
  • 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 pastoralist with camels in Niger. Pastoralists use resources flexibly and adapt to climate variability more easily than many other groups. State policies that favour settled agriculture are more of a challenge (Photo: Stephen Andersen/IIED)

    Does climate change cause conflicts in the Sahel?

    The Sahel is often recognised as a hotspot of violent conflict. As climate change becomes a leading global political issue, an emerging and increasingly powerful policy narrative presents global warming as a major driver. But how valid is this argument?

    13 September 2016 | Blog | Climate change
  • Climate change winners and losers in Sahel

    Earlier this month, I spent a week in Mali, going back to the villages which I have studied for the past 30 years. While international climate negotiators met in Cancun, Mexico, for the UN summit on climate change, I was keen to catch up on how climate change was affecting livelihoods in the West African Sahel.

    22 December 2010 | Blog | Climate change
  • Less erosion, less warming

    I recently met with a Member of the Bangladesh Parliament to discuss the potential for mitigation in the agricultural sector under IIED’s work on the economics of climate change in the agricultural sector. Agriculture produces 10–12 per cent of total global emissions but also has considerable mitigation potential — 70 per cent of which is in developing countries — and I expected the Honourable Member, a well known climate change champion, to back the cause. But he did not seem entirely convinced. Why should decision makers listen? What’s in it for them?

    11 November 2010 | Blog | Climate change
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