Lake Chad Basin Commission (LCBC)

Commission du Bassin du Lac Tchad (CBLT)

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22 May 1964, Fort Lamy, currently Ndjamena (Chad), on signature of a Convention and Statute by Cameroon, Chad, Niger and Nigeria. Further Agreement signed Aug 1968, Lagos (Nigeria), covering the joint economic development of the area. In Dec 1977, Enugu (Nigeria), the 3rd Conference of Heads of State of the Commission signed the Protocol of the agreement to join regulations on the Fauna and Flora in the four member countries. Agreement applicable from Aug 1988, when ratified by all member States. Present status of LCBC reviewed during 30th Session and 5th Summit, 15-29 Apr 1985, Lagos. New staff status and financial regulations adopted Oct 1987, Ndjamena, at 34th Session. Restructured 1990 and again 2009-2010.


Regulate and rationalize the sustainable exploitation of Lake Chad and its resources; manage water and other natural resources of the Lake Chad Basin; conserve and protect the ecosystems of the Conventional Basin; preserve and promote integration, peace and trans-boundary security in the Conventional Basin; collect, evaluate and disseminate information on projects prepared by member States and recommend plans for common projects and joint research programmes in the Basin; keep close contact between the High Contracting Parties so as to ensure the most efficient use of the waters of the Basin; monitor the execution of studies and works in the basin and keep member States informed; draw up common rules regarding navigation and transport; draw up staff regulations and ensure their application.


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Summit of Heads of State (annual); Council of Ministers (meets annually), consisting of 2 Commissioners per Member State; Executive Secretariat, headed by Executive Secretary; Technical Directorate; Administration and Finance Directorate.


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GOAL 6: Clean Water and SanitationGOAL 14: Life Below Water



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