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Sahel (3 December 2007) - 3 December 2007 Environmental...

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3 December 2007 Environmental Problems in the West African Sahel: Application of the “access to resources” Framework Sahel South of the Sahara Desert Very open savannah that goes into an arid grassland Rain is highly seasonal and very sparse. (only during our summer months June September) o Lack of rain my be due to global climate change o Lack of rain causes dust, barron landscapes and poor people Used as Prominent Example of : o Desertification o Tragedy of the commons and grazing-induced degradation o Global markets and land degradation o Population-induced land degradation o Poverty alleviation for environmental amelioration—“sustainable development” consensus o Social conflict fueled by resource scarcity o Shift of rainfall regime due to global climate change o A non-equilibrium environment A highly simplified land-use ecology in which resource extraction leads to a depletion of “ecological stocks” o
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