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Plight of dying Lake Chad highlighted in Rio

By Kimbowa Richard, June 17, 2012

Lake Chad which is the fourth largest African Lake after Lake Victoria, Tanganyika and Nyasa has had its size reduce by 95% in the past 45 years. According to the Lake Chad Basin Commission (LCBC), in 1963, the size of the Lake was 25,000 sq Kms as opposed to 2,000 sq Kms today.

During this year’s Africa Environment Day, President Derby of Chad said that Lake Chad as a northern frontier, symbolizes resistance against the advancement of the desert in Africa and that it also constitutes a padlock to protect African river and forest basins. “Lake Chad is not only Chadian it is also African, in fact it is even a world heritage that deserves being declared as a heritage of humanity”, he added.

As a further step to sensitize development partners on the urgent imperative to save Lake Chad during the on-going United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, the Lake Chad regional authorities through the LCBC organised a side event, on June17, 2012. More

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