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Sahelian pathways : climate and society in Central and South Mali

ASC Publications

Titre : Sahelian pathways : climate and society in Central and South Mali

Leiden : African Studies Centre, Research report 78

Auteur(s) : Mirjam de Bruijn, Han van Dijk, Mayke Kaag and Kiky van Til
Editeur : ASC Publications
Date de parution : 2005

Climate change is a global problem with local consequences. However, the direction and magnitude of these consequences in extremely vulnerable regions – such as the Sahel – cannot yet be predicted with any certainty. The studies in this volume focus on people for whom climate variability, mainly rainfall, is a more immediate and urgent problem than climate change itself. They demonstrate how small-scale communities in south and central Mali are coping with the sudden changes in their ecological environment and are making decisions concerning their livelihoods under high-risk conditions. The studies illustrate the dynamics underlying adaptations to climate variability and change in the semi-arid zones of the Sahel of West Africa, showing how the changes must be situated in a larger context where processes of social, economic and technological change influence the decision-making of local people. Extreme weather conditions, such as drought, may function as a trigger in these processes of change, and mobility and migration in their various forms also play a prominent role in the strategies people are developing. Using the concept of pathways, the editors have attempted to reveal individual decision-making and mobility interacting within the larger context of climate variability and high-level economic and political processes.
This book presents the results of the four-year ICCD (Impact of Climate Change on Drylands) project that was carried out between 1996 and 2000 as part of the Dutch National Research Programme on Global Air Pollution and Climate Change financed by NWO. The editors are all staff members at the African Studies Centre in Leiden.

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