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Data, maps and analysis elaborated in the framework of the project

The project

This website presents in-progress results of the Research Project of National Interest (PRIN) “Contested wetlands in Sahelian drylands: which kind of development and for whom?”. The PRIN was funded by the Italian Ministry of Education, Universities and Research (MIUR) and was launched in March 2020

The research aims to study, analyze, and interrogate the proximity dynamics generated by irrigation development projects. The Sahelian wetlands, natural and artificial, are crossed by multiple ecological, socio-economic, political, and food crises that are crucial to understand the outcomes of development projects in these territories.

On the one hand, the research team works "from above" using remote sensing and big data analysis to contribute to an alternative cartography of the Sahel. On the other, the research team analyzes material collected "from below" by Co-researchers mobilized in the field. The use of mixed methods allows for a dialogue between different scales of analysis.

The website provides an open-access platform for sharing the research team's analysis, as well as a space for dynamic discussion around the Sahel and the use of water resources in the arid zones of sub-Saharan Africa.

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