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Title:Saving Africa's shrinking lakes through water transfer projects: reflections on the proposed Lake Chad Replenishment Project
Author:Onuoha, Freedom C.ISNI
Periodical:Nigerian Journal of International Affairs (ISSN 0331-3646)
Geographic terms:Cameroon
Subjects:water management
hydraulic engineering
Abstract:Lake Chad is an important transboundary watercourse whose ebb and flow serves as the lifeline of millions of people straddling the boundaries of Cameroon, Chad, Niger and Nigeria. In the last forty years, the size of the lake has continued to diminish as a result of climatic variability, unsustainable extraction of water by the riparian countries, and increased pressure on the lake's water resources as a result of population increase. Concerns to salvage the lake from extinction have led to the initiation of various redemptive initiatives which may appear feasible and practicable but raises issues of suitability and sustainability. Top on the list of these measures is the envisaged interbasin water transfer from the Oubangui River to Lake Chad to replenish this important water body: the Lake Chad Replenishment Project. The riparian countries, the Lake Chad Basin Commission (LCBC) and international donor agencies such as the World Bank have presumed that the replenishment project is the main option for saving the lake, but in actual practice the scheme may be unsuitable or unsustainable on the grounds of certain technical, social, legal, political and economic constraints. Ref., sum. [ASC Leiden abstract]