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Lake Chad Information System Training in Niamey, Niger

Created by Kristin Seeber |

As part of the "Applied Water Resources Management in the Lake Chad Basin" project, currently being implemented by the Gesellschaft für internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), AHT GROUP is supporting the operationalisation of the Lake Chad Basin Information System (LIS).

The LIS, anchored in the Basin Observatory Department of the Lake Chad Basin Commission (LCBC), stores historical and current IWRM data from across the basin, making the data available to users by visualising them as maps and graphs. It is an online application, hosted via a cloud and widely accessible to anyone with an internet connection.

 The system has been developed over previous project phases by experts of the AHT IT Department, with the current focus being to ensure the operationalisation of the system. To support this in the member states, two experts from LCBC, specially trained by AHT, are carrying out targeted trainings for the use of the LIS. The training aims to both familiarise the experts in the member states with the functionalities of the LIS and strengthen the exchange of meteorological, hydrological, hydrogeological, environmental and socioeconomic data between the member countries with the LCBC.

The exchange and regularly feeding of data into the system is a key measure for successful integrated water resources management and allows continuous monitoring of the state of the natural resources in the basin, supporting decision-making by LCBC and the member countries.

An in-person training with Chadian experts and an online training with Cameroonian experts was carried out in 2020, and in 2021 a 3-days LIS training workshop has just been completed with experts and focal points in Niamey, Niger. These trainings are conducted by experts of LCBC with technical support from AHT Experts. The trainings are one step towards highlighting the regional benefits of data exchange among the Lake Chad basin states and to developing solutions for improved sharing of IWRM data.