Environmental Management

, Volume 50, Issue 5, pp 929–941 | Cite as

A Study of Rural Senegalese Attitudes and Perceptions of Their Behavior to Changes in the Climate

  • Amadou M. Dieye
  • D. P. Roy


Semi-structured focus group discussions were employed to capture rural Senegalese attitudes and perceptions of their behavior to changes in the climate and their land use and livelihood strategies. Seven focus groups stratified by gender, ethnicity (Wolof and Peulh) and dominant production system (cultivators and pastoralists) in five villages in semi-arid northern Senegal revealed seven main themes. Rural livelihoods remain predominantly based on rainfall dependant practices, and although cultivators and pastoralists had a clear appreciation of changes in natural resources compared to a perceived more favorable past, few adaptive coping strategies beyond established ones were advocated. The seven themes are discussed in detail and their implications for rural livelihoods under future long term climate predictions discussed with the implications of this study for the development of scenarios of future land cover land use.


Climate change Land cover land use change Rural livelihoods Senegal Scenarios 



This research was funded by NASA grant NNX07A052H. We would like to thank Dr. Assize Touré and other colleagues at the Centre de Suivi Ecologique, for their institutional support and Dr. Kjeld Rasmussen, and the anonymous reviewers for their comments. We are grateful to the Senegalese village communities involved for their hospitality and contribution in this study.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Geographic Information Science Center of ExcellenceSouth Dakota State UniversityBrookingsUSA

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