CCLUM

Climate Change and Land Use Management in The Gambia

Research on the determinants of land use change and its relationship to vulnerability (broadly defined), biotic diversity and ecosystem services and climate change in The Gambia is still emerging. There is at present a paucity of data which may allow the full potential of agriculture and other land uses, under the context of a changing climate to be realised, and for climate resilience to be fully achieved in The Gambia.

The overall objective of the project Climate Change and Land Use Management (in short: CCLUM) is therefore to perform an analysis of the potential of existing -and possibly future- land use approaches within the Gambian agricultural and other landscapes. The focus of the project is to help to shape a climate-related future perspective, by analysing the effects of climate change against the background of already implemented sustainable land use approaches. The project will undertake surveys to investigate land use approaches and the effects on relevant socio-economic indicators such as rural employment, income structures and also the provision of ecosystem services for the Gambian society. 

This desk study will be performed over a 6-month period, leading to a report with recommendations for further studies and projects. 
 
Take a look at Prof Yaffa’s recent TV interview where he provides insights into current climate and agricultural research in The Gambia, explains the challenges for smallholders that the current lack of research capacities imply for local livelihoods, and points out opportunities and the importance of international cooperation for sustainable local climate and adaptation action: live interview on facebook, view point, 11.03.2021.

Project Team:

Franziska Wolf
Duration
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Budget
78.784
Funding
Federal Ministry of Education and Research
Unit
Faculty of Life Sciences

Team University of The Gambia

Professor Sidat Yaffa specializes on agriculture, loss & damage, and UNFCCC negotiations. He often writes technical papers on agriculture and climate change/climate variability, and has written many project proposals, mid-term reviews,  and  project completion reports. Currently, he is a Professor of Agronomy at University of The Gambia, Dean, School of Agriculture & Environmental Sciences, and Director, UTG/WASCAL Doctoral Research Program on Climate Change and Education. He has published about 20 scientific journal articles on agriculture and climate change, respectively.

Role in the project: Coordinator of the desk study in The Gambia. Responsible for the day-to-day operations and management of the desk study in The Gambia.

Dr. Peter Gibba specializes on climate change and water resources management. Has a good background on water resources management and monitoring that relates to land use and change. He obtained a Ph.D. on Climate Change and Atmospheric Science from the WASCAL Programme at Federal University of Science and Technology at Akure, Nigeria. He also writes technical papers on climate change/climate variability and on water resources.

Role in the project: Dr. Peter Gibba will be in charge of supervising literature data collection during the Desk Study and will also make sure that the data collected are accurate and up-to-date.

Dr. Ebrima Sonko specializes on agriculture, soil nutrition and fertility, and land use change. Has a good background on GIS that relates to land use and change. He has obtained a Ph.D. on “Climate Change and Land Use” from the WASCAL Programme at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana. He regularly writes technical papers on agriculture and climate change/climate variability. He has published 6 scientific journal articles on agriculture and climate change, respectively.

Role in the project: Dr. Ebrima Sonko will be Deputy Coordinator of the Desk Study. He will be in charge of writing meeting reports and collecting literature data from Gambia government sources, online scientific search, UN agencies in The Gambia, and other land use practitioners in The Gambia.

Ms. Gloria Okafor specializes in Bookkeeping and Accounting. She managed the financial aspects of the just concluded (on 18th January, 2021) one year Feasibility Study on Climate Change and Renewable Energy Potentials in The Gambia. Currently, she is the Accountant of UTG/WASCAL Program at University of The Gambia. 

Role in the Project: Accountant of the desk study in The Gambia. Responsible for the day- to-day accounting operations of the desk study in The Gambia.

Mr. Lamin E. Sarr specializes in IT management. He managed the IT aspects of the just concluded (on 18th January, 2021) one year Feasibility Study on Climate Change and Renewable Energy Potentials in The Gambia. Currently, he is the IT Officer of UTG/WASCAL Program at University of The Gambia. 

Role in the Project: IT Officer of the desk study in The Gambia. Responsible for the day- to-day IT operations of the desk study in The Gambia.

Mrs. Mai Sonko-Sanyang specializes in logistics and office management. She is currently pursuing her B.Sc. degree in Management at University of The Gambia (UTG). She managed the logistics aspects of and helped collect field data on the just concluded (on 18th January, 2021) one year Feasibility Study on Climate Change and Renewable Energy Potentials in The Gambia. Currently, she is the Logistics Officer of UTG/WASCAL Program at UTG. 

Role in the Project: Logistics Officer of the desk study in The Gambia. Responsible for the day- to-day logistics operations of the desk study in The Gambia.

Ms. Fatou K. Saine specializes in Meteorology and Hydrology work. She earned a B.Sc. degree in Physics as a Major and Mathematics as a Minor at University of The Gambia (UTG). She also holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Meteorology and Hydrology at UTG. She participated in the data collection of the just concluded (on 18th January, 2021) one year Feasibility Study on Climate Change and Renewable Energy Potentials in The Gambia. Currently, she has applied to be enrolled in the UTG Master’s degree program in Climate Change and Renewable Energy.  

Role in the Project: Give support to both Dr. Ebrima Sonko and Dr. Peter Gibba in data analyses and report writing. Responsible for the day- to-day technical support to the desk study in The Gambia.

Team HAW Hamburg

Professor Walter Leal: IPCC lead author, has been working in the WASCAL region for the past 25 years, with climate change and resilience projects undertaken in Senegal, Burkina Faso, Mali, Nigeria, Ghana and Ivory Coast. He was involved in the training of some WASCAL PhD students, who have attended various events he has organised. Many WASCAL fellows have also regularly published in his books, especially the "Handbook of Climate Change Adaptation" (2015) and –more recently- the "Handbook of Climate Change Resilience" (2020). He has supervised/co-supervised over 20 African PhD students over the years. Professor Leal has extensive experience in managing projects in African and has in excess of 400 publications to his credit.

Role in the project: overall project coordination, liaison with the project partners, and provision of scientific guidance on the desk study execution.
 
Franziska Wolf: Climate change researcher and senior project manager. She was involved in a set of capacity-building projects addressing climate change impacts, sustainable agriculture and technology transfer.

Role in the project: overall project management, monitoring and evaluation, liaison with the project partners, and support with scientific inputs on the desk study execution.

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