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Pastoralism and climate change in West Africa: implications for policy and practice
21st June 2021 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
A public webinar event hosted by the Ghana Hub of the Institute of Development Studies. The event includes a contribution from STEPS co-director and PASTRES project convenor Ian Scoones.
- Professor Steve William Tonah, Advanced Researcher, University of Ghana
- Professor Gabriel Teye, Vice-Chancellor, University for Development Studies
- Professor Gordana Kranjac-Berisavljevic, Professor of agricultural engineering and Director of the Office for International Relationships and Advancement of the UDS, University for Development Studies
- Dr Abukari Abdulai, Senior Research Fellow, University for Development Studies
- Professor Ian Scoones, Professorial Fellow, Institute of Development Studies / PASTRES project
About the event
This event will discuss the intersection of pastoralism and climate change in West Africa. Livestock have a role to play in climate change – but at the same time pastoralism and livestock keeping provide critical livelihood pathways and cultural identity for millions across the region. Simultaneously, these people are among those seriously affected by climate change. Suggested contemporary policy directions have wide ranging and diverse environmental, cultural and practical implications for people, animals and environment across ecological zones in West Africa. Experts from across social, climate and livestock sciences will provide short provocations based on current research and opinion on these themes. These presentations will be followed by a discussion, which will touch on issues of emissions mitigation, range management, sequestration, livelihoods, and ethnoprofessional activities and discourses. It will aim to connect these to policy concerns in Ghana and in the wider region, with a view to discussing relevant and timely research directions for the coming period.