As part of this synthesis report of evidence from PRISE Research Area 6 Part 1: Cross-boundary multi-scale governance of semi-arid lands: Implications for climate resilience and economic development, PRISE research teams in Senegal analysed two cases of integrated governance of climate change: the Territorial Approach to Climate Change program (TACC) implemented in the Ferlo, and the Integrated Territorial Climate Plan (ITCP) implemented in the Dakar region. The study also analysed the institutional factors and patents that support or hinder cross-border collaboration between local authorities on climate change.
The synthesis concludes that the effects of climate change ignore political, administrative and external limits. The major challenge of climate governance in Senegal lies in the ability of the government to work in a territorialised context, taking into account not only the climate vulnerabilities specific to each sub-territory or sub-area, but also those inherited from the interdependence between these sub-territories. This capacity for action depends heavily on the potential of local actors such as state decentralised services, regional development agencies and local officials to understand the challenges and needs associated with territorial governance of climate change, and to mobilise appropriate human and financial resources in response.