An Introduction to the ARCC Climate Change in Mali Series
This report combines five African and Latin American Resilience to Climate Change (ARCC) studies on Mali’s vulnerability to climate change, mapping different areas and giving an overview on forecasted impacts on the country’s water resources.
The series also includes a study of the promotion and adoption of field level adaptation practices and a report presenting the results of an exercise in which specific adaptive practices were modeled in the Mopti region. The final study consists of an evaluation of two national institutions critical to the support of climate change adaptation in Mali.
Together, these documents serve as a resource for the Malian government and its partners who are working to reduce climate change vulnerability in the rain-fed agricultural zones of Mali.
The studies suggest that large swaths of lightly populated northern Mali are most vulnerable to impacts from climate change. In terms of water resources, people living away from the country’s water rich river valleys are more vulnerable to shifting rainfall patterns.
It states that in rural areas, where access to water is limited, an integrated water resources management approach is needed. Strategies that balance the multiple needs for water will be critical to ensure that the limited amount of water available is used as effectively as possible.