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  • Two women draw water from a well

    Land, investment and migration: a portrait of village life in Mali

    In the last 35 years Dlonguebougou, a rural community in the drylands of central Mali, has experienced significant social, economic and environmental change.

    1 June 2020 | Event | Climate change
  • 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 has documented social and environmental change in the village of Dlonguebougou in central Mali. The research has examined transformations to land use, people, and livelihoods in this dryland region over 35 years

    14 August 2017 | Project | Climate change
  • Although aid agencies provide emergency help in Lebanon's Bekaa Valley, only long-term planning can deal with the wider environmental stresses (Photo: Caroline King-Okumu/IIED)

    Unblocking the cycle of water stress, crises and innovation in the Bekaa Valley

    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.

    4 January 2017 | Project | 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 community discusses water and energy challenges in Alango, Kenya (Photo: Ibrahim Jarso, Resource Advocacy Program)

    Participatory investment planning for environment, water and energy in the dryland of northern Kenya

    Water availability is variable and unpredictable in the drylands, where energy options and ecosystem processes differ from those in more humid environments. These environmental characteristics can have a positive or negative effect on human activities and the achievement of 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 mechanism helping to fund community-prioritised adaptation

    County and local governments in the drylands of Kenya, Mali, Senegal and Tanzania have established local-level climate adaptation funds with technical support from IIED and government and non-government organisations. These funds improve their readiness to access and disburse national and global climate finance, supporting community-prioritised investments to build climate resilience

    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
  • 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
  • A screenshot from the Education for Nomads: Voices of the people video (Image: IIED)

    Educating nomads

    IIED temporarily hosted the design phase of the Education for Nomads programme between October 2009 and September 2010. This was while the institutional arrangements for its management were transferred from SOS Sahel UK to the Ministry of State for the Development of Northern Kenya and Other Arid Lands in Kenya

    17 December 2012 | Project | Climate change
  • 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
  • The 'Diffa; The Morning Light' video is one of a series of videos exploring the impact of climate change on drylands pastoralists (Image: IIED)

    Pastoralism videos/Vidéos pastoralisme

    A selection of short videos, in English or French language, exploring the impact of climate change on drylands pastoralists

    15 June 2011 | Article | Climate change
  • Front cover of the journal Pastoralism journal: research, policy and practice

    Pastoralism Journal: Research, Policy and Practice

    Launched in 2011, the Pastoralism: research, policy and practice journal publishes interdisciplinary and peer-reviewed articles on extensive livestock production systems throughout the world

    4 February 2011 | Project | Climate change
  • Haramata Communications Initiative

    Haramata – bulletin of the drylands – published issues from 1988 to 2010. It 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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