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Assessing the potential of land restoration in delivering climate change adaptation in Senegal

  • 1 September, 2021
  • Wageningen University, Water Systems and Global Change
  • prof. dr F Ludwig

Climate change is a main driver of land degradation especially in Africa’s drylands that are typified by aridity and moisture deficits. At the same time, land degradation can also cause climate change. Both land degradation and climate change interact with other stressful factors such as poverty and inequalities to exacerbate the situation. This implies a need to address both in an interlinked manner.
Land restoration, is nature-based solution that can help tackle both climate change (mitigation and adaptation) and land degradation.
This study aims to investigate in detail the role of land restoration in delivering climate change adaptation (CCA) while looking at local communities’ engagement. Scholars increasingly emphasize that successful CCA need to be local by taking into account local contexts including needs and aspirations of local communities and role of local governance. There is still considerable knowledge gap though on how projects/programs that can contribute to CCA such as land restoration can be conceptualized and delivered to reduce risks of climate change while increasing adaptive capacities of beneficiary communities. Previous interventions have also been done in splintered ways and this research aims to identify policy gaps leading to this and provide recommendations.

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