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Title:Bureaucracy and environmental policy in the Sahel region of Africa: strategies for arresting the march of desertification
Author:Asmerom, Haile K.ISNI
Book title:African development and public policy / ed. by Stuart S. Nagel. - Basingstoke [etc.]: Macmillan
Geographic term:Sahel
Subjects:environmental policy
Abstract:This chapter is a study of the problems of desertification in the context of the Sahel region of West Africa. It begins with a concise overview of the Sahel region as a unique socioeconomic and cultural landscape in Africa and then discusses desertification as a dimension of global environmental problems and as a specific policy area in the context of seven nations of the Sahel region, Burkina Faso, Chad, The Gambia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger and Senegal. This is followed by a review of the various attempts made so far to define desertification and to delineate its causes and consequences. Then comes an analysis of the policies, strategies and institutions designed at international, regional and national levels for the purpose of controlling the spread of desertification, with specific attention at the regional level for the Club du Sahel and the Interstate Committee for Drought Control in the Sahel, known as CILSS by its French acronym. The conclusion underlines the fact that much more has still to be done, especially by national bureaucracies and village-level organizations, if the spread of desertification is to be effectively contained without undermining strategies for sustainable development. Bibliogr., notes, ref.