RIC4REC/Waati Yelema Labenw (WYL)

With our partners, we are implementing a climatic change resiliency program that has already benefited more than 264,000 people in the Sahel climatic zone of Mali, targeting those most vulnerable to the risks of climate disasters.

The Waati Yelema Labenw project “Acting together on Climate Change”—a continuation of the RIC4REC program—is funded as part of the UKAid BRACED (BRACED.org) programme. WYL is built around four axes: social cohesion, climate change adapted livelihoods, natural resource management and governance.

Project strategies include:

  • Making Community Managed Resiliency to Climate Change (CMRCC) a priority for rural communities through exchanges of experience and the development of collective activities;
  • Empowering communities in the use of climate and weather information to make management decisions about their livelihood activities that reduce risk; and
  • Increasing productive assets and yields through introducing climate smart practices, and sustainable management of natural resources including soil, pastures and forest land.

The WYL project works in 30 communities in 10 rural municipalities across three administrative regions of Mali: Mopti, Koulikoro, and Segou.

Coordination with national policies and programs is fostered through a strong relationship with the Malian Direction Générale des Collectivités Territoriales/Directorate General of Territorial Communities (DGCT) and the Agence de l’Environnement et du Développement Durable/Agency for the Environment and Sustainable Development (AEDD).

The project facilitates community based learning and initiatives to build resiliency to climate shocks and stresses and is developed around a community-based analysis of risk for disasters and the subsequent resiliency planning process. Project interventions support communities through training in climate smart agriculture practices and technologies (CSA), including the effective use of agro-climatic information; enhancing collective management of productive assets and savings; supporting growth of women’s micro-enterprises; strengthening integration of community resilient livelihoods priorities in local government development planning; sustainable community management of natural resources; and promotion of energy-efficient household technologies.

The project’s lessons learned will be shared systematically across national platforms on climate change such as the National Committee on Climate Change and through sector programs and projects with targeted advice on climate change adaptation best practices in Mali.

Partners include: AMASSA Afrique Verte, ICRISAT, CCAFS, and Sènèkèla (Orange Mali)

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