The Lake Chad Basin Commission (LCBC) commemorated the World Water Day on the 22nd March 2018 in partnership with the Chadian Ministry of Environment, Water and Fishery and other stakeholders.
This special day which is devoted to the exploration of strategies to overcome current water challenges, was placed under the theme: ‘’the response is in the nature’’. As such, in line with the UN-Water declaration which states that the environmental damage in combination with climate change are the causes of water related crises we are facing across the world, floods, drought and water pollution are compounded by the degradation of vegetation, land, rivers and lakes. When we neglect our ecosystems, it is hard to supply water to everybody for our daily survival.
In this vein, the solutions deriving from the nature have the potentials to sort out water related issues. We have to rely on the green assets and harmonise the software as much as we can by planting more trees, reconnecting rivers to floodplains and restoring wetlands in a bid to draw a balance on the water cycle and improve health and livelihoods …
LCBC took part in the activities of the World Water Day holding an exhibition stand and making a presentation on the ‘’practical solutions envisaged by LCBC to combat the receding of Lake Chad ‘’.
The LCBC stand was decorated with its usual stuffs and presented various publications and products of the institution including the film documentary shown at the recent International Conference on Lake Chad held in Abuja on the safeguard of this water body. This stand was visited by many people in search of knowledge about LCBC.
The paper on the strategies to halt the shrinkage of Lake Chad was presented by Mr. Rohalti, modeller at LCBC assisted by the Technical Director who gave straightforward answers to questions posed by the members of the public, especially issues related to the water transfer project.
It is worth noting that the World Water Day was instituted by the UN General Assembly in 1992. It is celebrated each 22nd March to sensitise populations on issues confronting water access, management and preservation.