The International Conference
on Lake Chad



“Saving the Lake Chad to revitalize the Basin’s ecosystem for sustainable livelihood, security and development.”

A. Sub-theme of the Conference

Restoration of Lake Chad: Scientific and Technical innovations;
Lake Chad Water Transfer: prospects, challenges, and solutions;
Social, environmental, cultural, and educational aspects in the current context; 
Security and regional cooperation aspects with a view to restoring peace in the Lake Chad basin;
Funding of approved options.  

B. Objectives

The main objective of the International Conference is to create global awareness on the socio-economic and environmental challenges arising from the shrinkage of the Lake Chad, threat to livelihoods inducing insecurity with a view to developing a comprehensive programme for action to save the Lake from extinction. 

The specific objectives of the conference are as follows:



The conference shall consist of plenary sessions, technical sessions, and a high-level round table. 

The sequential structuring of the conference is as follows: 

Opening plenary session: This session focuses on key note addresses on general and/or strategic orientations, concept clarifications and possible paradigms proposed likely to guide new intervention approaches to achieve more significant results;

Thematic sessions: These sessions will focus on all issues and technical solutions towards safeguarding and restoring Lake Chad to enable it to play its role fully consisting of both regulating the environment (ecosystems) and sustainably improving the living conditions of the populations of the basin;

Round Table: This high-level round table will focus on the presentation of the conclusions of technical sessions which should pave the way for pragmatic and landmark recommendations.

Contents of papers:

Opening plenary session: This session will focus on two (2) significant papers. The first paper, by LCBC, will deal with challenges, prospects, and opportunities as part of safeguarding the Lake Chad. The second paper, by UNESCO is dealing with strategic orientations and relevant approach to engage a new dynamic of solutions to be proposed towards saving Lake Chad. These introductory notes will enable participants to better understand the expected results of the conference;

Technical or thematic sessions: These sessions will deal with papers on various topics relating to the issue of safeguarding of the lake and the role of sustainable development assigned to Lake Chad. Topics related to Lake Chad replenishment to be integrated in a coherent framework with the different possibilities to be explored (including Inter-Basin Water Transfer Proposal). Topics relating to water infrastructures to be preceded by a paper on the exhaustive inventory of existing infrastructures in the Lake Chad basin with a prospect on the possible impact of the restoration of the lake. 

Key Note Addresses:

Overview: Saving the Lake Chad, Prospects, challenges, and opportunities - LCBC.
Saving the Lake Chad to revitalize the basin ecosystem, for sustainable livelihoods, security and development. UNESCO; 

Technical Papers

i.      Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM, UNESCO):   Case study of the Lake Chad Basin;

ii.     IBWT prospects and opportunities:     

Chinese case study (Power China);

Aral Sea case study;

Bonifica Transaqua concept;

LCBC/CIMA International -Feasibility Study of Ubangi Water Transfer.

Ubangi – Lake Chad Water Transfer Using Solar Option by Engineer Guy Immega

The Trans Africa Pipeline (TAP) and Recharging the Lake Chad by Trans Africa Pipeline Inc, Canada.

iii.       Ubangi to Lake Chad Inter-Basin Water Transfer and International Diplomacy –by Francois KALWELE, ARD/ClREP - Ministry of the Environment of Democratic Republic of Congo. 

iv.       Environmental, social, and cultural framework for the implementation of Large Water Infrastructure. Presentation by UNEP;

v.    Funding options for the restoration of Lake Chad. 

An overview of financing Water Infrastructure in Africa  by AfDB;
Great man-made River Project    -    Libya Case Study
Great Renaissance Dam      –    Ethiopia Case Study
SUEZ Canal              –    Egypt Case Study
Other options: Case study of DRC with Climate Funds (REDD+, Green Funds etc) by ARD / ClREP - Ministry of the Environment of Democratic Republic of Congo.
vi.    Capacity building for sustainable Water Management.  Presentation by Category II-Regional Centre on Integrated River Basin Management.

vii.   The link between environment degradation, loss of economic opportunities and livelihoods and security issues by LCBC;

Dynamic of the water resources within the Lake Chad Basin.
Presentation by speakers from member state institutions  (Chad, Niger, Nigeria, and Cameroon) – Presenter to be determined;  

Transboundary water diplomacy, culture of peace and Lake Chad with international site status as Biosphere Reserve and/or World Heritage site. Presentation by UNESCO;
Sustainable water uses for food security in the Lake Chad Basin. Presentation by Food & Agriculture Organisation (FAO); 

Round Table

The high-level round table will focus on the following:

Presentation of the report of the Technical Session and;  Recommendations                                                                                                                                                                               


Federal Government of Nigeria, UNESCO, LCBC and relevant donors


Lead, coordinate and facilitate the conference.

Collaborate with Federal Government of Nigeria and LCBC to identify key speakers and provide technical support;
Involve relevant UN Agencies in the conference organization.
Ensure adequate dissemination of the conference through UNESCO appropriate channels; 
Lake Chad Basin Commission:

Provide financial and logistic support for the conference;
Facilitate the participation of the LCBC member States and other Stakeholders in the conference; 
LCBC’s Champions:
i.      Major General Olusegun Obasanjo (Rtd), Former Nigerian President;

ii.      Mr.Boukary Adji – Former Prime Minister, Niger Republic. 

Other Partners and Tentative Donors:


World Bank;





German Government & Cooperation Agency (GIZ);

Government of Democratic Republic of Congo;

Government of the Republic of Congo;

Government of Algeria;

Government of Egypt;

Government of Canada;

Government of China; 

Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA);

Korean International Cooperation Agency (KOICA);

Government of Norway;

African Union;

European Union;

Congo Basin Commission (CICOS)

Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF)

UNDP, UNEP, UNICEF, FAO (fishing, forestry), ILO and;

Private Sector


Three (3) days meeting consisting of two (2) days Technical Sessions and one (1) day High Level Summit subject to approval by the Heads of State and Government of LCBC. The conference shall hold from 26th – 28th February 2018. 


To be worked out by different sub-committees and be consolidated into a central budget. 

FUNDING (Including in-kind)

Federal Government of Nigeria;
LCBC’s Executive Secretariat;
World Bank;
The private sector and;

Other relevant donors.


At the end of the international conference all relevant stakeholders scientists, experts, bilateral & multilateral donors and UN specialized agencies are expected to work in harmony with CBOs, NGOs and other concerned donor and partners who would build on previous conferences and studies towards quick realization of the following
Restoration of the shrinking lake to an environmentally sustainable level as a way to save it; 

Restore fishing and irrigated farming/agriculture along the Lake and along the River Chari with a goal of alleviating poverty;

Strengthening climate resilience in the basin through adaptation and mitigation programmes;

Foster transboundary cooperation among member countries for sustainable management of Lake Chad;

Create employment, leading to reduction of terrorist activities;

Increase revenue of the populations living in the Basin;

Increase GDP of the countries of the Basin.

Implement programmes for the efficient use of water;

Develop a road map for the implementation of the recommendations of the conference.

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