Lake Chad Basin Commission (LCBC)

Commission du bassin du lac Tchad (CBLT)


N’Djamena, Chad  

Date of creation

22 May 1964


The objective of the LCBC is the sustainable and equitable management of Lake Chad and other shared water resources, the preservation of ecosystems, the promotion of integrating and preserving of peace and transboundary security in the Lake Chad Basin.


1964 Creation of the LCBC
1972-1982 Period of lethargy due to conflict in Chad
2012 Decision to reactivate MNJSF, moribund since 1998, as the Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF)

Normative framework

1964 Fort-Lamy (N’Djamena) Convention
1998 Strategic Action Plan
2012 Adoption of the Lake Chad Basin Water Chart


Political dialogue

Date Institutions Agreement
2019 United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) with support from Germany, Sweden, United Kingdom (UK) and the European Union (EU) Launch of the Regional Stabilisation Facility

Governance and development

Areas Date Activities
Governance 2016 Lake Chad Basin Governors Forum for regional cooperation on stabilisation, peace-building, and sustainable development interventions in the region affected by Boko Haram
Development-security nexus 2018 Adoption of the Regional Strategy for the Stabilisation, Recovery and Resilience of the Boko Haram-affected areas of the Lake Chad Basin Region led by LCBC and endorsed by the AU.

Peace and security

Activity  Date Description
Cross-border security 1986 Joint Patrol with Cameroon, Chad, Niger, Nigeria
Cross-border security 1994 Due to smuggling and criminal activities, creation of a joint Security Force based in Baga-Kawa – only composed of Nigerian troops.
Cross-border security 1998 Establishment of the Multinational Joint Security Force (MNJSF) which mandate is expanded to general cross-border security issues among all members of LCBC.
Multinational operation 2014 Multinational Joint task Force to fight Boko Haram
Multinational operation 2015 LCBC is mandate by the African Union to be the political coordinating body of the operation