Area: 1,267,000 km²
Geography: Niger is a landlocked country in western Africa with a mostly hot and dry climate, threatened by recurring droughts. It is one of the hottest countries in the world, characterized by large desert areas. The Sahara desert makes 77% of the land area. The predominant desert plains, sand dunes, rolling plains in the south and hills in the north characterize the country’s topography. (CIA, 2019)
Land Degradation: In 2015 the annual total economic costs of land degradation was more than USD 3.5 billion, which equals 19% of the purchasing power parity gross domestic product. (IFPRI, 2018)
Sustainable Land Management: In the past 25 years, efforts to combat desertification and land degradation have resulted into rehabilitation of over 10 million ha of bare land. Despite this achievement, Niger still has a long way to go before it achieves zero net land degradation in 2030 – a target that the country has set in accordance with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 15. Although the returns are high and impacts on food and nutrition security are favourable, adoption rates of key land management practices are still low. (IFPRI, 2018)
Capacity Building (2017-2020)
Within the Regreening Africa project, jointly implemented with the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF), the ELD Initiative is conducting trainings on the total economic valuation of terrestrial ecosystems and their services. Trainings are complemented by practical exercises as part of research within the country.
Case study (2019)
The ELD Initiative in close cooperation with its partners is conducting participatory research based on previous stakeholder consultations within the EU-BMZ co-funded project Regreening Africa. The report will be released within 2019.