Sustainable wetland management in the face of climate risks in Niger: the case of La Mare de Tabalak
Niger’s wetlands are critical to poverty reduction, food security and biodiversity conservation, especially given the irregularity of rainfall and the amount of land suitable for agriculture. The people of La Mare de Tabalak, a wetland in the arid zone of Niger, are already dealing with the cumulative effects of recurring droughts, a trend expected to increase with climate change. This report argues that the co-management of the area among all actors within the watershed should be prioritised and further analysis of the country’s climate projections are needed to improve decision-making. It recommends that a regular, continuous system is introduced to monitor and survey environmental and socioeconomic conditions within the watershed. Moreover, ensuring that men and women have the same opportunities and rights, while recognising their different interests, needs and responsibilities, can help alleviate poverty and improve resilience of households and communities to climate hazards.