Lake Chad Updates
Community Partnerships in the Lake Chad Basin Region
Lake Chad remains one of the largest lakes in Africa and serves as a livelihood source for over 20 million people. Its surface area, which varies by season and year, falls mainly in the far west of Chad, bordering northeast Nigeria, Cameroon and Niger Republic. The lake, whose water resources previously provided for the livelihood of many communities, has lost over 90% of its water volume and resources in the past 50 years, intensifying conflicts between farming and herding communities whose livelihoods have been impacted by these losses.
Extensive study confirms that climate impacts will bring more changes in the region, including dryness, higher winds, longer periods of drought, tropical storms, and displacement of communities due to agricultural land and resource loss. Climate-related risks to health, livelihoods, food security, water supplies, and human security will increase as global temperatures rise by 1.5 degrees Celsius over the next two decades, an amount already locked in by our existing emissions.
Actions that can address these issues while reducing our emissions intensity include combined strategies for climate mitigation and adaptation, community resilience building, afforestation, climate smart agriculture, and awareness programs.
CEPB is following the lead of civil society organizations already engaged in addressing these critical challenges. So far, we have engaged with over 20 grassroots organizations to learn more about the region’s most vulnerable communities, which immediate and long-term intervention strategies are already taking place, and which community-based adaptation initiatives and livelihood strategies are proving most promising.
Through these efforts, we are establishing partnerships with grassroots organizations in the region to build human capacity, strengthen awareness programs, support climate smart agricultural initiatives, and resource biogas programs and income-generating tree planting initiatives across communities.
We join our partners in calling for collective action, international solidarity, collaboration, partnerships and funding to combat the climate impacts threatening their communities.