Climate Change, Conflict and Displacement across the Sahel

December 2023
R. de Satgé. (Land Portal.)

This Land Portal Data Story, which features one of the Netherlands-funded Land-at-Scale Programme’s projects, visually unpacks links between climate change, conflict and displacement in the Sahelian countries of Mali, Burkina Faso and Somalia. It can be downloaded as a PDF file but is best viewed in its interactive online format. The author challenges various common assumptions about the interconnections between drought and famine, war and conflict, refugee and internal displacement, land and property rights, livestock ownership and farming, and rural-urban change. Detailed timelines of all three featured countries, best viewed in full screen by clicking through the links, pinpoint key dates and transitions and help to show how all these different drivers overlap in time. The Data Story uses the example of the Saameynta project in Somalia to illustrate how strengthened land governance and property rights identification can help with amelioration and adaptation to increasing variability in political-economic and climate-related challenges.