Economic returns from climate change adaptation projects in the Kaffrine region, Senegal

People in workshop

Client: IIED

Challenge

Responding to the need to adapt to climate variability, the Building Resilience and Adaptation to Climate Extremes and Disasters (BRACED) programme - led by IIED, IED Afrique and the Near East Foundation consortium - has worked to incorporate climate variability in development planning in Mali and Senegal. This is done recognising that local communities are best placed to decide which climate change investments will strengthen their resilience, while building upon an ongoing decentralization process in both Mali and Senegal.

Actions

In Senegal, IED Afrique has implemented a large number of projects to increase climate resilience. In a 2017 workshop in Dakar, Altus Impact presented the theoretical underpinnings of how to comprehensively value land use projects. We also undertook a rapid valuation assessment of the provisioning ecosystem services from four reforestation projects in the region of Kaffrine, Senegal.

Impact

Altus Impact involvement has helped shed light on the importance of land use valuations and how these projects provide concrete benefits to communities and society at large in Senegal.

In-field experience

Altus Impact were on the ground in Senegal. We have significant in-field experience in working in many different countries.