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Chad Favours Oil Money Over Water?


Chad has asked to suspend an application for world heritage site status for Lake Chad to explore oil and mining opportunities in the region. Chad’s tourism and culture minister wrote to Unesco, the body which awards the world heritage designation, asking to “postpone the process of registering Lake Chad on the world heritage list”. The letter says the government “has signed production-sharing agreements with certain oil companies whose allocated blocks affect the area of the nominated property”. The nature of the agreements and the identity of the companies have not been made public.