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Making the SDGs work for the Lake Chad Basin (2018 HLPF Side Event)
16 Jul 2018 -  Lake Chad Basin is an important shared source of fresh water that provides livelihood services to more than 45 million people. It has great potential in terms of biodiversity and natural and cultural heritage, including World Heritage Sites, Biosphere Reserves and Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar Sites).
Yet, the Lake Chad Basin region is facing a combination of the most devastating crises of our times – over the past decades, it has witnessed escalating security crisis interlinked with humanitarian and large-scale ecological crises.
The side event will show case the BIOPALT project as an example of an innovative project of multidisciplinary cooperation mobilizing the Organization’s expertise in the fields of Natural Sciences (Water and Ecological Sciences), Culture, Education and Social Sciences, which addresses several SDG’s, particularly SDGs 6, 11 and 15.
It will provide a platform for governments, UN agencies, civil society and academia for reflecting on the relevance to adopt a multisectoral and integrated approach to contribute solving the crisis in the Lake Chad area. It will also show how biosphere reserves are learning places for sustainable development. The side event is organized with the five BIOPALT beneficiary countries.
Side event on the margins of the 2018 High level Political Forum organized by UNESCO and the Permanent Missions of Nigeria, Niger, Chad, Cameroon and the Central African Republic to the United Nations. In collaboration with the African Development Bank and the Lake Chad Basin Commission.