E-conference on Climate Change, Adaptation and Pastoralism 22nd January - 22nd February 2007


Pastoralism is an adaptation to hostile environments, and pastoralism in Africa expanded 5000 years ago precisely as an adaptation to climate change at that time. However, with the current marginalisation of pastoralists, their adaptive capacities may have been eroded and they may be more susceptible to climate change than other communities. Conversely, climate change could conceivably lead to the creation of more dryland resources that are suited to pastoralism, thus creating new opportunities for pastoralists to exploit. However, the likelihood and the implications of such changes are very uncertain.

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