At a glance
Climate change effects are increasingly felt in Mali, in the form of higher temperatures, reduced precipitation (when considered over the last three decades), and a moving desertification front. Extreme weather events, notably droughts and floods, may become more frequent or intense. Climate variability and change compound significant anthropogenic pressures on land, water and other natural resources. Combined pressures are resulting in natural resource degradation – a critical issue for a country in which a large share of the population is employed in the rural sector, and livelihoods are very dependent on natural resources.
Awareness of climate change and how it jeopardises development and poverty reduction objectives has been growing in Mali over the past years. It is felt the time has come for the country to move from awareness raising and political statements to the design and actual implementation of a coherent response to climate-related challenges.