LCBC: For the implementation of IWRM for transboundary water resources management.
From the 7th to 10th September, 2015 was held in N’djamena, Chad a training workshop for staff and experts of the Lake Chad Basin Commission (LCBC) on IWRM for transboundary water resources management.
Organized by the Department of Natural Resources Management of the LCBC in collaboration with GWP Central Africa (GWP CAf), the workshop brought together fifteen participants from the secretariat of the LCBC.
The objective was to strengthen their understanding of the IWRM concept and its principles, and also develop their capacity in using some specific IWRM planning tools with a special focus on development and management of transboundary water resources. It also aimed at ensuring a common understanding of the concepts, principles and planning process of IWRM among key staff of the LCBC secretariat.
Participants were edified by four experts from the Global Water Partnership Network in Africa, through presentations, group work and debates for a period of four days, on water resources management terminology, and the concept, principles, planning process for IWRM. The highlight was the “prisoner’s dilemma” exercise to demonstrate the importance of dialogue and negotiation in water and natural resources management.
At the end of the workshop, participants were happy with the knowledge gained and indicated they had a better understanding of the concept and principles of IWRM. They further appreciated the pedagogical materials that were handed to them to help them strengthen their understanding of IWRM.