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Side Event #2322


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Conference SBSTTA-21 / WG8J-10
Twenty-first meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice
Tenth meeting of the Ad Hoc Open-ended Working Group on Article 8(j) and Related Provisions of the Convention on Biological Diversity
Title Interbassins water Sharing (Congo Basin to Chad Basin): Risks and Benefits
Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA)
Impact Assessment
Agricultural Biodiversity
Forest Biodiversity
Inland Waters Biodiversity
Biodiversity for Development
Climate Change and Biodiversity
Aichi Biodiversity Targets


Area of ​​intervention:

      Climate Change, Biodiversity, Water, Combating Desertification, Agriculture, Fisheries and Livestock, River Transport, Hydropower, and Sustainable Economic and Social Development.


Chad, one of the most crucial water for 4 African countries (Niger, Nigeria, Cameroon and Chad), has been hit hard by the effects of climate change linked to men's activities. In order to do this, some political actors at the international level proposed to come to the assistance of the distress cries of the authorities of this part of the continent, by capturing part of the waters of the basin of the Congo River to refloat this lake.


But a problematic of risks, uncertainties and blind economic interest appears.


And this problem is summarized as follows:


 On the one hand, the supporters and fans of these projects, composed of the States of the CBLT (Lake Chad Basin Commission), certain international economic actors in the private sector, some officials from the European Union and the United States, Certain actors of civil society; Which for them these projects of catchment for bailout of Lake Chad represents a glimmer of hope for the development of this part of Africa and which projects are considered as the beginning of an African renaissance and of a blue revolution.


 For them, these projects are supposed to bring according to their feasibility studies; A solution to the drying up of Lake Chad, to maintain socio-economic activities, fisheries and agriculture, to allow the construction of a new multifunctional dam and to reinforce the power of the existing dam, to allow navigation on Lake Chad And on the Chari River.


 And on the other side, the opponents and skeptics of these projects, composed of the Democratic Republic of Congo, the Republic of Congo Brazza, the Central African Republic, national and international civil society activists, some European Union authorities, and national economic actors in the private sector; Which for them these projects will have severe disadvantages on ecosystems and their socio-economic consequences, and that these projects will not provide any sustainable solution for Lake Chad.


Given that our public event is a participatory analysis and evaluation conference for participants (and populations); We will discuss at the different sessions which will focus on answering one or two questions themes that will be asked during the sessions. Each session will be introduced by a summary presentation of the relevant data to the questions asked for this session.


Organizers : RCP-Network, OLESDK-NGO, AJCECO Consortium.

Moderator and speaker: FELI ESAU/    Speakers: Timothée Bitilasi, Olivier Mavungu, Rachel Biuma, Carol Misenga


Contact Point : FELI ESAU / 00243895933473 /

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