It’s 7:30 in the morning, and already classes have begun at the Soufouroulaye youth camp in central Mali. Some 60 young women and men are learning job skills as part of a regional programme to strengthen human security and community resilience in the Sahel.
A small island state with limited rainfall and a dry tropical climate, Cabo Verde is familiar with water resource constraints. Climate models predict increasing aridity, shifting rainfall patterns and temperature increases.
To educate and involve local communities in the management of the country's natural resources, the Government of Burundi, the Global Environment Fund (GEF) and UNDP co-finance a project for the conservation of biodiversity.