East African nomads could help region adapt to global warming

Communities like the Maasai have developed adaptation techniques that could be applied to global warming, and their voices need to heard, the aid agency Oxfam said on Monday.

Pastoral groups have long used traditional livestock and land-management strategies to manage drought and flood cycles. Now,
vast regions of Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania are forecast to be hit hard by global warming. 

"Communities must be at the heart of efforts to build their resistance to climate change because adaptation is inherently local," said Paul
Smith-Lomas, regional director of Oxfam International. "It will only work if local people are leading the process."

Oxfam urged governments and development agencies to improve their policies towards pastoralists, including creating social welfare

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