02.04.2012 - ODG

Protecting natural resources is vital for the future of Chad

© Jean Bosco KiUNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova was welcomed on the island of Kinesserom by the people and local authorities, Chad, April 2012

On the second day of her official visit, the UNESCO Director-General visited Lake Chad, one of the largest freshwater bodies in Africa. Suffering from particularly intense evaporation, Lake Chad covers today only 10% of the area it occupied in the 1960s. Preserving the lake raises enormous environmental, economic, social and human challenges. Located in a sub-region with 30 million inhabitants, Lake Chad is now a vast marshy area crowded with patches of greenery.

The Director-General, who was welcomed on the island of Kinesserom by the people and local authorities, was accompanied by the Minister of Secondary Education and President of the National Commission for UNESCO, the Minister for Vocational Training of Arts and Crafts, the Minister of Tourism Development and Crafts, two presidential advisers respectively in charge of secondary education and primary education, and also the Governor of the Lake




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