IRD and its partners have started a project that benefits 264,000 people in Mali, targeting those most vulnerable to the risks of climate disasters. The project is built around four axes : social cohesion, governance, natural resource management and a better access to livelihoods.
The project strategies include:
- Making disaster risk management a priority for communities through exchanges of experience, radio programs, and development of collective activities
- Strengthening communities in the use of climate information for decision-making related to livelihoods
- Increasing access to natural resources by introducing good practices for reducing disaster risk and management of natural resources
- Strengthening disaster risk management capacities at local and national levels taking into account all stakeholders in the learning sessions
The project aims to benefit vulnerable communities in 64 municipalities in four administrative regions of Mali: Mopti, Koulikoro, Segou and Timbuktu.
Coordination with national policies and programs will be provided through a strong relationship with the Malian institutional agency of environment and sustainable development.
Project interventions will be developed around a community planning process that includes risk management, and strengthening the adaptive capacity of communities livelihoods; the extension of practices and climate smart agriculture technologies (CSA), including the effective use of agro-climatic information services by rural users; the collective management of productive assets and savings; support for creation of micro-enterprises by women; strengthening integration of local climate change adaptation priorities by the local government; sustainable community management of natural resources; and promotion of energy-efficient household technologies.
The lessons learned will be shared systematically across national platforms on climate change such as the National Committee of Climate Change and through sectoral programs targeting advice on the incorporation of climate change adaptation.