This research aims to analyse the capacity of different categories of pastoral people to adapt to climate change. Another aim will be to understand whether decentralisation provides greater institutional flexibility for the management of diverse resources in variable contexts, and how best local governments can plan for uncertainty.
Decentralisation in Senegal offers real opportunities for local people to have a say in natural resource management and planning, and how their areas should be developed. Under the provisions of decentralisation, local elected government bodies (rural councils) are legally responsible for delivering social and economic services (e.g. health, water, education) and for drawing up local land use plans for agricultural forestry pastoral and other uses.
This project aims to improve the livelihoods of pastoral groups in Senegal by strengthening their capacity to influence the decisions and activities that affect their lives at local and national levels.