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, ecosystem services and climate change in the Gambia is still emerging. There is currently a paucity of data which could allow for the realisation of the full potential of agriculture and other land uses in the context of a changing climate, and for climate resilience to be fully achieved in the Gambia.

The overall objective of the Climate Change and Land Use Management (CCLUM) project is therefore to analyse 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 develop 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 the provision of ecosystem services for the Gambian society. 

This desk study will be performed over a six-month period, leading to a report with recommendations for further studies and projects. 
Please see 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 March 2021.

On 29 June 2021, the CCLUM project organises its final conference.Find further information and access the online registration here.

Project Team:

Franziska Wolf
Federal Ministry of Education and Research
Faculty of Life Sciences