Official signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between UNDP and LCBC

Monday, 2017, October 9

N’Djamena, 6th October 2017. The Executive Secretary of the Lake Chad Basin Commission (LCBC), Engr. Sanusi Imran Abdullahi and the Resident Representative of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) in Chad, Madame Carol Flore Smereczniak signed on this day of 6th October 2017 in the Conference Room of LCBC, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) relating to the execution of a flagship program aiming at improving the management of Lake Chad through building resilience to Climate Change and reducing ecosystem stress.
The total cost of the Project is about 242,000,000 US Dollars. Starting this month of September 2017 to August 2022, this Project is jointly funded by LCBC, the Governments of its member States, GEF, GIZ, UNDP and IUCN. It aims to strengthen the capacities of LCBC and Lake Chad riparian countries, in terms of climate resilience and integrated management of Lake Chad basin ecosystems through the implementation of approved institutional and legal reforms and policies, the development of relevant management policies, investments and other pilot interventions with a view to improving the quality and quantity of water, protecting biodiversity and sustaining communities’ livelihoods.
It is worth recalling that the UNDP-GEF Project falls in line with the Transboundary Diagnosis Analysis of the Lake Chad Basin which resulted in the development of the Strategic Action Program (SAP 2014-2021) of the Lake Chad Basin Commission. The execution of the project will enable to revitalize the sustainable socio-economic development in the Lake Chad basin area which has seriously been impacted in recent years by climate variabilities while the livelihoods of more than 50 million inhabitants depend directly on its significant resources.
Through its support to this regional organization (LCBC) in charge of ensuring the sustainable and sound management of the environmental resources of the basin for the great benefit of it member countries, this project which is technically and financially supported by UNDP, will help achieve sustainable development objectives such as the reduction of famine and poverty in Lake Chad basin area seriously affected. The choice of LCBC is also justified by the fact that this help mutualize efforts among riparian countries by sharing knowledge and best practices in terms of sustainable management of water resources and the biodiversity thereby promoting sustainable development based on a participative approach.
In addition to the noble objectives set by this Project, its execution will help create synergies among all the actors such as the African Development Bank (AfDB), the World Bank, GIZ, IUCN and UNDP working in the Lake Chad basin which is confronted to security, economic and ecological challenges.
However, prior to the effective launching and take off of the Project by the end of this year 2017, other relevant steps such as the endorsement of this MoU by the UNDP HQs based in New York, the formal signing of the Project Document between the Executive Secretariat of LCBC and the different country offices in LCBC member countries (Cameroon, Chad, CAR, Niger and Nigeria) as well as the quick setting up of the Project Management Team are key and need to be undertaken. Long live this new project in the Lake Chad basin!