Lake Chad Basin Sustainable Water Management II Information Exchange and Internal and External Communication Management

Detailed description of project:

The Lake Chad Basin Commission (LCBC) was established in 1964 by the four riparian countries, Niger, Nigeria, Cameroon and Chad. The Central African Republic joined the LCBC in 1998 and Libya in 2009. The Commission pursues the following three objectives: a) to increase regional cooperation among the members; b) to mediate conflicts arising between members over border violations and disputes; and c) to protect the transboundary water resources of Lake Chad Basin for the benefit of all riparian states. To date the LCBC has had difficulties in achieving these objectives due to constraints at a range of levels (political, institutional, financial and personnel).

The GIZ and the Federal Institute for Geosciences and Natural Resources (BGR) are advising the LCBC in organisational and technical matters respectively. The aim is to further strengthen the Commission’s management capacities to carry out its mandate.

AHT has been providing support to the LCBC since 2005. The focus is on strengthening the Commission in the field of knowledge and information management. In October 2014 AHT has been charged with a subsequent phase until 05/2018 of the Programme aiming to enhance the Commission’s planning, cooperation and communication capacities.

In October 2017 the current phase was extended until 04/2020 and the two existing GIZ modules of the programme “Strengthening Organisational Capacity of LCBC” and “Climate Change Adaption in Agriculture” have been combined into one module, consisting of three components.

Type of services provided:

  • Assistance in the elaboration of the 1st and 2nd biannual report on the state of the ecosystem of the Lake Chad Basin (State of Basin - SoB), using the knowledge of regional experts and data from the regional database (RDB);
  • Support to the elaboration of annual monitoring reports (AMR), incl. on-the-job training in data analysis and mapping;
  • Strengthening of Basin Observatory in content administration and management of the Lake Chad Information System (LIS), incl. RDB;
  • Technical improvement and enhancement of the LIS;
  • Assistance of LCBC staff and member countries in the operationalisation (use and maintenance) of the LIS, incl. training in administration, data collection and import, database processing and management, result visualisation etc.;
  • Assistance to the institutionalisation of information and data exchange between LCBC and “focal points” and ministries in member states in the elaboration of the SoB, AMR and institutionalisation of the LIS;
  • Assistance to LCBC in the organisation of regional conferences with participation of international stakeholders;
  • Development, implementation, and documentation of agricultural climate change adaptation measures with local NGOs;
  • Development and implementation of a dissemination concept, incl. production and broadcasting of radio and video material;
  • Support to the development and institutionalisation of a regional climate change adaptation strategy for the Lake Chad Basin;
  • Preparation of a household survey for the transboundary pilot zone (Wza-Logone).


Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development
10/2014 – 03/2021
Contract value: 1,021,900 €