This discussion paper asses possible feedbacks between the type of land use and harvest intensity and climate.
It highlights that a major link between climate and humans in Northern Africa, and the Sahel in particular, is land use and associated land cover change, mainly where subsistence farming prevails. The results of the study are taken to suggest marginal feedback between land use changes and climate changes triggered by strong greenhouse gas emissions. It is concluded that climate change can be considered as external driver in models of land-use – conflict dynamics when seasonal or mean values are used as external driver.
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