UNESCO Man and the Biosphere (MAB) approach to ecological restoration in the Lake Chad Basin area

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Noƫline Raondry-Rakotoarisoa

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The UNESCO Man and the Biosphere programme (MAB) put ecological restoration at the top of its agenda in the framework of its 2016-2025 Action plan framework. It is a technical partner of the Lake Chad Basin Commission (LCBC) in the implementation of the Programme of Rehabilitation and Strengthening the Resilience of Socio-ecological Systems in the Lake Chad Basin (PRESIBALT), UNESCO through BIOsphere and Heritage of Lake Chad Basin (BIOPALT) Project. The project’s final objective is to support countries to establish World Heritage and biosphere reserves transboundary sites in the cultural landscape of Lake Chad. In doing so, the project aims at reconciling conservation and development in the area. In particular, the project is engaged in pilot actions of ecological restoration and ecosystem rehabilitation as well as promotion of green economies to contribute to increasing livelihoods and conservation of ecosystem services. These actions could ensure sustainable use of natural resources and reverse the trend observed in land degradation and ecosystem depletion in the Lake Chad Basin as well as reduce resources access conflict and promote peace among millions of peoples whose livelihoods depend on it. This presentation will present the multisectoral approach of the BIOPALT project and its added value to address multifaceted issues for achieving sustainable development in the Lake Chad area.

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