Conceptual and institutional advice to the Lake Chad Basin Commission
The project "Conceptual and Institutional Advice to the Lake Chad Basin Commission" (LCBC) is part of the GIZ program "Applied Water Resources Management in the Lake Chad Basin II" on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).
The project aims to strengthen the LCBC to improve its capacity to advise its member countries on environmentally friendly, climate-adapted, gender-sensitive and conflict-reducing management of transboundary water resources. The ultimate target group is the population of the Lake Chad Basin (about 45 million people), especially the 7.5 million people living in the Logone sub-basin. The direct target group is the management and staff of the LCBC, as well as representatives of its members and partner platforms, which consist of representatives of government, civil society and private actors, as well as training institutions.
The LCBC plays an important role in integrated water resources management (IWRM) and in reducing potential conflicts over natural resources, as it is the only regional organization in the Lake Chad Basin mandated to link government, civil society and private actors to promote sustainable and integrated management of transboundary water resources. However, it lacks the capacity to effectively advise its member countries and international development partners, particularly with regard to the exchange, analysis and effective use of relevant data and information. The project works closely with the Executive Secretariat of the LCBC to implement the necessary improvements and engages the member countries with a focus on two sub-basins (Logone and Komadougou-Yobé) for the practical implementation of concrete measures.
Within this framework, three main outputs are to be achieved:
1. The LCBC has management and steering tools at its disposal to advise its member countries (central level).
2. The LCBC is able to establish partner platforms in transboundary sub-basins with gender-equitable representation of interests (regional level).
3. Local actors in the Logone sub-basin are able to implement measures to adapt to climate change and reduce conflicts over natural resources with the support of the LCBC (local/regional level).
GFA is responsible for achieving outputs 1 and 2. For the participatory conflict mapping ("hotspot map") with the partner platforms, GFA will cooperate with the Federal Institute for Geosciences and Natural Resources (BGR), the central geoscientific authority of Germany, which is implementing a module of the development cooperation program.