Douala, Cameroon – On 4 and 5 September 2014, the Parliament of the Economic Community of Central African States (CEMAC-P) and AWEPA organised a strategic planning session for the Lake Chad parliamentary working group in the framework of the programme Strengthening regional parliaments towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
The main objectives of the session were, on the one hand, to identify and further refine actions which CEMAC parliamentarians can implement at the regional and national levels; and, on the other hand, to identify technical issues which, if addressed, can further support a parliamentarians’ response to lake Chad’s de-watewing trend. The meeting was technically supported by the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD).
The issue of lake Chad has been at the center of cooperation between CEMAC-P and AWEPA, which dates back to 2012. The reason is the considerable reduction in the surface area of the lake, observed over the past few decades, combined with natural changes in hydraulic conditions, human factors and desertification, which constitutes a major challenge for the human and sustainable development of Central Africa.
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