Within the framework of developing a full project proposal on the establishment of an Early Warning System in the Lake Chad Basin area, GWP-CAf and LCBC organized a workshop on the approval of the inception report on the strategy for conducting the assignment, and the deliverables to be produced by the team of consultants, charged to produce a full-fledged project document. The workshop was held from 11-12 of July 2016 in Ndjamena, Chad.
The attendees to this meeting were 8 experts (in hydrology, climate change) and 4 support staff from the LCBC executive secretariat, 3 experts from German Cooperation groundwater and climate change adaptation projects, the coordinator of the programme to rehabilitate and strengthen the resilience of lake chad basin systems (PRESIBALT), 2 representatives of GWP Central Africa, and the team of three recruited consultants (2 experts of PEGASYS from South Africa and 1 independent consultant from Chad).
The main objective of this meeting was to present, enrich and approve the inception report on the strategy for conducting the assignment, and the deliverables to be produced by the team of consultants. It was also an opportunity for consultants to meet, share their experiences and strengthen their collaboration.
To get participants on the same page of understanding of assignment given to consultants, the terms of reference of the each were presented. From this exposé, it was clear that consultants were required to prepare a project document that included a log frame and implementation arrangements as deliverable at the end of the consultancy.
Then, two presentations were respectively made by the expert in hydrology and the project development expert on their duties. The first expert presented the methodology of his work focused on consulting secondary data and working with LCBC experts to collect and analyse existing information to evaluate and propose an optimal hydrometeorogical network, identify key stakeholders and community radios, and key economic and livelihood activities and risks. The second clearly explained that the writing part which will entail mobilising and analysing existing information, capitalising report of hydrology expert, and preparing a project proposal with a logical framework.
Discussions that followed in plenary pointed out the need to avoid duplication with the World Bank project on supported flood management currently ongoing in the Logone sub-basin, on the Cameroon side of the Lake Chad Basin, as well as the need to identify a target donor /funder. They also permitted participants to understand that floods in Ndjamena were influenced more by the discharge from the Chari river system which needed to be considered in the project.
A roadmap for the next steps of the process was discussed and approved. Thus, the final inception report is expected by the end of July, whereas the full project document with comments from LCBC and another workshop for approval by September 2016.
As a reminder, since 2014 within the context of the implementation of the Water, Climate and Development Program (WACDEP), GWP Central Africa in collaboration with LCBC executive secretariat, developed a concept note for elaboration of a no/low regret project with proposed title ““Strengthening Hydro meteorological Information and Early Warning Systems (SHMI-EWS) in the Lake Chad Basin”.