Building Climate Change Resilience in Mali.

Environment and Natural Resources | Climate Change | Resilience

Mali Climate Change Adaptation Activity (MCCAA)

Project Dates: July 2015 - October 2020
Climate change is severely affecting vulnerable populations in Mali that need greater access to meteorological information and guidance on how to use it to create effective agricultural activities and plans.

Mali is particularly vulnerable to the impact of climate change: Its rainfall has decreased by an estimated 30 percent since the 1980s, and the livelihoods of 80 percent of the population depend on farming. The USAID Mali Climate Change Adaptation Activity (MCCAA) partners with Mali’s National Meteorological Agency, known as “Mali Météo,” to create community-based systems that can respond effectively to climate change. MCCAA increases vulnerable groups’ access to accurate, timely climate data and their understanding of how to use it. In doing so, MCCAA equips these groups to adapt to fluctuations in temperature, rainfall, and other extreme climate patterns and to make well-informed decisions pertinent to their livelihoods. Additionally, MCCAA works with local governments to apply the participatory Climate Proofing for Development methodology, support their development of climate change adaptation plans, and assist them with integrating these plans into their broader five-year development plans. By viewing development through the lens of climate change, local governments can enable their constituents to pursue livelihood activities that will enhance their climate resilience.

Project Goals

  • Help communities and households adopt locally appropriate solutions that better enable them to adapt to climate variability
  • Strengthen Mali Météo’s organizational capacity and ability to provide appropriate climate information and services, focusing on packaging information in ways that better equip residents to make well-informed livelihood decisions
  • Create local climate-proofing committees and empower vulnerable communities in 47 communes in the Mopti region to record, report, and access data on local climate and livelihood conditions