A boat taxi transports people and goods across the lake near Baga Sola, Chad (©Arno Trümper/adelphi)

Stability in the Lake Chad region depends on enabling and ”climate-proofing” growth. One way to do this is by promoting employment opportunities which are less susceptible to unpredictable weather trends and contribute to social cohesion by bringing together different ethnicities or occupational groups. For this, livelihoods planning needs to be based on high-quality climate data and conflict analysis that integrates gender and social exclusion analysis. It also requires restored markets and safe cross-border travel.