Watershocks: Wetlands and Human Migration in the Sahel

Madgwick, F. Jane, Oakes, Robert, Pearce, Fred and Tharme, Rebecca (2017). Watershocks: Wetlands and Human Migration in the Sahel. Wetlands International.

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    Author Madgwick, F. Jane
    Oakes, Robert
    Pearce, Fred
    Tharme, Rebecca
    Title Watershocks: Wetlands and Human Migration in the Sahel
    Publication Date 2017-05
    Place of Publication Wageningen
    Publisher Wetlands International
    Pages 79
    Language eng
    Abstract Tens of millions of people depend on the vitality of Sahelian wetlands, whose outputs of fish, cattle and crops such as rice are directly proportional to the flood extent. But these natural assets are degrading, often due to ill-advised economic development projects intended to “harness” water resources. Water diversions for irrigated agriculture, for instance, have resulted in frequent periods of man-made water scarcity, with environmental and humanitarian impacts resembling those of meteorological droughts. Consequently, some wetlands have ceased to be a refuge in hard times and have instead become sources of out-migration, as people look elsewhere for alternative livelihoods. The case studies in this report illustrate that the continuing loss and degradation of wetlands is contributing significantly to new and often disruptive migrations, including to Europe. This report illustrates the symptoms of a deeper problem with conventional forms of economic development in the region, that fail to recognise wetlands as major natural and economic assets.
    Keyword Sahel
    Copyright Holder Wetlands International
    Copyright Year 2017
    Copyright type Fair use permitted
    ISBN 9789058820143
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