The Impact of Climate Change on Drylands: With a Focus on West Africa

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Ton Dietz, R. Ruben, A. Verhagen
Springer Science & Business Media, Jun 22, 2004 - Business & Economics - 465 pages
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Sahelian West Africa has recovered from the disastrous droughts of the 1970s and 1980s. People have learned to adapt to risk and uncertainty in fragile dryland environments. They, as well as global change scientists, are worried about the impact of climate change on these West African drylands. What do the experiences of the last thirty years say about the preparedness for higher temperatures, lower rainfall, and even more variability? Detailed studies on Dryland West Africa as a whole, and on Burkina Faso, Mali and Northern Ghana in particular show an advanced coping behaviour and increased adaptation, but also major differences in vulnerability and coping potential. Climate change preparedness programmes have only just started and require more robust support, and more specific social targeting, for a population which is rapidly growing, even more rapidly urbanising, and further integrating in a globalised economy.

This book is the first of its kind with a comprehensive analysis of climate change experiences in West African drylands, with attention for pathways of change and the diversity of adaptation options available. This book is of interest to scientists studying global and climate change, especially dealing with issues of adaptation. Social scientists, economists, geographers and policy makers concerned with West Africa should also read this book.

  

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Contents

THE ICCD RESEARCH
3
THE WORLDS DRYLANDS A CLASSIFICATION
19
CLIMATE CHANGE IN DRYLAND WEST AFRICA? The empirical evidence of rainfall variability and trends
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UNCERTAINCIES IN MODELLING CLIMATE CHANGE
33
CLIMATE CHANGE SCENARIOS FOR DRYLAND WEST AFRICA 19902050
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CLIMATE CHANGE AND DROUGHT RISKS FOR AGRICULTURE
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SAHELIAN LIVELIHOODS ON THE REBOUND A critical analysis of rainfall drought index and yields in Sahelian agriculture
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POPULATION DYNAMICS An important intervening variable
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CHANGE AND ADAPTATION IN A LIVESTOCK PRODUCING REGION NORTHEASTERN BURKINA FASO
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LIVELIHOOD STRATEGIES AND DEVELOPMENT PATHWAYS AT HOUSEHOLD AND VILLAGE LEVEL
267
SOME COMMENTS ON PORTFOLIO DIVERSIFICATION RURAL PATHWAYS AND FARM AND HOUSEHOLD ANALYSES
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URBANRURAL LINKAGES AND CLIMATIC VARIABILITY
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CLIMATE DETERIORATION AND REGIONAL SPECIFICITY Regionally differentiated portfolios of options for drylands
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THE IMPORTANCE OF SOCIOCULTURAL DIFFERENCES AND OF PATHWAY ANALYSIS FOR UNDERSTANDING LOCAL ACTORS RESPO...
341
CONSEQUENCES FOR POLICY
363
CLIMATE VARIABILITY RISK COPING AND AGRARIAN POLICIES IN SUBSAHARAN AFRICA
365

DRIVING FORCES FOR CHANGES IN LAND USE
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COTTON AND CLIMATE CHANGE IN WEST AFRICA
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A LITERATURE SURVEY ABOUT RISK AND VULNERABILITY IN DRYLANDS WITH A FOCUS ON THE SAHEL
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CASES FROM THE SUBHUMID AND SEMI ARID ZONES IN THE WEST AFRICAN SAHEL
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CLIMATE AND LIVELIHOOD CHANGE IN NORTH EAST GHANA
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PATHWAYS TO MITIGATE CLIMATE VARIABILITY AND CLIMATE CHANGE IN MALI THE DISTRICTS OF DOUENTZA AND KOUTIAL...
173
RESPONSES TO CLIMATE VARIABILITY IN THE KAYA REGION BURKINA FASO
207
CLIMATE CHANGE AND MANAGEMENT OF CATASTROPHIC RISK
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CLIMATE VARIABILITY AND EARLY WARNING SYSTEMS
397
CLIMATE CHANGE PREPAREDNESS IN WEST AFRICA
403
References
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Index
435
Colour Section
451
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