The Economic commission for livestock, Meat and fisheries Resources (CEBEVIRHA) enters Partnership with International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).

The Economic commission for livestock, Meat and fisheries Resources (CEBEVIRHA) joins forces with the International Union for Conservation of Nature to improve fisheries governance in the aquatic ecosystems of the Char-Logone sub-basin.
In fact, the Chari-Logone sub-basin, covering almost 610,000 KM2, is the most important of the main basins whose inflows are essential to the survival of the populations of the Lake Chad basin. The aquatic ecosystem of the latter remains uncertain to this day, as the inventories carried out in this sub-basin date back two decades. Added to this is the fact that the Chari-Logone sub-basin is shared between two sovereign countries: Cameroon and Chad, whose collaboration in this area is still weak in terms of data production and shared resource management.
the partnership recognizes states’ ability to tackle this challenge through the identification of relevant indicators for the establishment of the database; in order to provide both countries with a decision-making tool for better fisheries governance.
It was with this in mind that the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), in partnership with CEBEVIRHA, initiated and launched on November 02, 2023 the « Support for the sustainable management of aquatic ecosystem databases in the Chari-Logone sub-basin » project, in collaboration with Cameroon’s Ministry of Livestock, Fisheries and Animal Industries (MINEPIA) and Chad’s Ministry of the Environment, Fisheries and Sustainable Development.
This project will run for three years, and aim at:
1- Strengthen quality and monitoring tools for aquatic biodiversity and traceability of fishery products
2- Improve knowledge and monitoring of fishery resources
3- facilitate the establishment of data/information sharing frameworks between stakeholders.
It is important to remember that this partnership was formed under the aegis of Dr NGOANDE Salvador, Executive Secretary of CEBEVIRHA.
this reaffirms CEBEVIRHA’s position as the leading institution for cooperation between states in the management of fishery resources; particularly for the establishment of a database of aquatic ecosystems specific to the sub-region.
CEBEVIRHA is an executive agency of the Economic Community of Central African States (CEMAC), whose mission is to contribute to the sustainable development of the livestock, animal industries, fisheries and aquaculture sectors.
In its 2025 strategy, it will enable the 6 CEMAC member states to optimize production and trade in order to achieve food security and reduce poverty among populations at the sub-regional level.
About IUCN:
Created in 1948, IUCN is now the world’s largest and most diverse environmental network, harnessing the knowledge, resources and reach of our more than 1,400 Member organisations and 15,000 experts. This diversity and expertise makes IUCN the global authority on the status of the natural world and the measures needed to safeguard it.
Key-words: Partnership, CEBEVIRHA, IUCN, CEMAC, Lake Chad, Chari-logone sub-basin, Cameroon, Chad, resource management, fisheries governance, aquatic ecosystem, aquatic biodiversity, database.

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