The Impact of Climate Change on Drylands

With a Focus on West Africa

  • A. J. Dietz
  • R. Ruben
  • A. Verhagen

Part of the Environment & Policy book series (ENPO, volume 39)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xviii
  2. Climate Change in the Sahel Region

    1. Ton Dietz, Jan Verhagen
      Pages 3-17
    2. Ton Dietz, Els Veldhuizen
      Pages 19-26
    3. Marcel Put, Jan Verhagen, Els Veldhuizen, Pleuntje Jellema
      Pages 27-32
    4. John van Boxel
      Pages 33-42
    5. Gertjan van den Born, Rik Leemans, Michiel Schaeffer
      Pages 43-47
    6. Jan Verhagen, Marcel Put, Fred Zaal, Herman van Keulen
      Pages 49-59
    7. Fred Zaal, Ton Dietz, Johan Brons, Kees van der Geest, Edward Ofori-Sarpong
      Pages 61-77
    8. Ton Dietz, Els Veldhuizen
      Pages 79-82
    9. Johan Brons, Ruerd Ruben, Mohammed Toure, Boukary Ouedraogo
      Pages 83-96
  3. Cases from the Sub-Humid and Semi-Arid Zones in the West Africansahel

    1. Ton Dietz, David Millar, Saa Dittoh, Francis Obeng, Edward Ofori-Sarpong
      Pages 149-172
    2. Johan Brons, Fred Zaal, Lianne Kersbergen, Ruerd Ruben
      Pages 267-291
    3. Annelet Broekhuis, Mirjam de Bruijn, Ali de Jong
      Pages 301-321
  4. Consequences for Policy

    1. Ruerd Ruben, Arie Kuyvenhoven, Keffing Sissoko, Gideon Kruseman
      Pages 365-384
    2. Ton Dietz, Ruerd Ruben, Jan Verhagen, Saa Dittoh, M. Konaté, David Millar et al.
      Pages 403-408
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 409-468

About this book


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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Editors and affiliations

  • A. J. Dietz
    • 1
    • 2
  • R. Ruben
    • 3
  • A. Verhagen
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of Geography and PlanningUniversity of AmsterdamThe Netherlands
  2. 2.CERESUtrecht UniversityThe Netherlands
  3. 3.Department of Social Sciences, Development Economics GroupWageningen University and Research CentreThe Netherlands
  4. 4.Plant Research InternationalWageningen University and Research CentreThe Netherlands

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer Science + Business Media, Inc. 2004
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4020-1952-4
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4020-2158-9
  • Series Print ISSN 1383-5130
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