Lake Chad is located in the far west of Chad and the northeast of Nigeria. Parts of the lake also extend to Niger and Cameroon. The lake has made headlines since violent terrorist attacks have shaken the region in recent years. Whereas efforts have concentrated on increasing military presence and cooperation in the region, too little has been done to address the root causes of violence and instability, and on dealing with a crucial issue in the Sahel: water management.
On May 28 2015 an audit report on water management in the Lake Chad basin was submitted to the Chadian President Idriss Déby. Under the auspices of AFROSAI and with support from the GFG in Africa programme, the Supreme Audit Institutions (SAIs) of Nigeria, Niger, Chad and Cameroon have looked at the human causes of the drying-up of a unique ecosystem, and propose concrete recommendations to address poor water resource management at local, national and sub-regional level. This is the first time on the African continent that a joint environmental audit is presented to authorities.
To make sure a broad audience has access to the findings of the auditors, AFROSAI and GIZ produced a whiteboard film to communicate the findings to people who usually don’t read audit reports. Please watch this short film for more information (6:39): Saving Lake Chad.
Discover the content of the full joint audit report by clicking on this link: Audit Report Lake Chad – PDF