Transboundary Water Management: Adaptation to Climate Change and Resource Conservation in the Waza-Logone Wetlands

Detailed description of project:

The Lake Chad Basin Commission (LCBC) was founded in 1964 with the aim of assisting its member countries in meeting transboundary water management challenges. It does this based on its Water Charter and the Lake Chad Basin Vision 2025. Amongst others, its mandate is to: i) ensure sustainable transboundary integrated water resource management (IWRM) considering the effects of climate change, ii) collect, evaluate and disseminate information and data for joint projects and research programmes, iii) monitor and evaluate progress of measures in the basin, iv) investigate complaints and contribute to conflict resolution.

LCBC currently lacks the sufficient capacities and practical experience to adequately perform its steering and advisory role with respect to the sustainable development of transboundary water resources considering the impacts of climate change.

The aim of the joint programme of GIZ and the Federal Institute for Geosciences and Natural Resources (BGR) is to support the LCBC in competently performing its tasks. The aim of the GIZ module is to implement measures that improve transboundary water resource management, taking into account the impacts of climate change, in a transboundary intervention zone. The module has three main outputs:

  • Output 1: Support to the Executive Secretariat of the CBLT
  • Output 2: Operationalisation of a regional management structure
  • Output 3: Implementation of measures in an intervention zone


Type of services provided:

AHT’s role is to support specific tasks of Outputs 1 and 2, and for the entirety of Output 3 (including its indicators):

Output 1:

Operationalisation of the LCBC’s Lake Information System (LIS): Support to data acquisition for the LIS, the development of monitoring reports, and the implementation of the LCBC’s communication strategy, training/capacity building measures on data acquisition, LIS, IWRM among others.

Output 2:

Support the operationalisation of a regional partners forum and the   development of a ‘hot spot’ map: delineation of the intervention zone in the Waza-Logone wetlands, inventory of main challenges/’hot spots’, and development of maps.

Output 3:

  • Identification, planning, and support to implementation of climate change adaptation measures for farming, livestock, and fisheries in cooperation with Chadian and Cameroonian NGOs and state services  serving 3250 households;
  • Development of ToR and identification and selection of beneficiaries (including local farmer cooperatives) for the implementation of measures using the Farmer-Field-School (FFS) approach (those also include on-the-job trainings in pilot project locations);
  • M&E of project activities and indicators, including increased incomes of beneficiary households;
  • Advise farmers on agricultural practices of different crops and growing seasons, distribute adapted seeds and documentation and dissemination of best agricultural practices on production techniques, sound use of fertilisers and biopesticides for pest management through a best practices handbook developed for this purpose, conferences, workshops, radio, fact sheets, among others;
  • Development of adaptation recommendations for LCBC member countries.


Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development
05/2020 – 09/2022

Contract value:
976,920 €