REDD+ projects 5
Other readiness initiatives 17
Forest cover High
Deforestation rate High
FCPF Yes
UN REDD Yes

Cameroon

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The Ministry of Environment and Nature Protection and Sustainable Development (MINEPDED) is coordinating the overall REDD+ process in Cameroon through its Ecological Monitoring and Control Unit (CMSE). Several national institutions and a few Cameroonian civil society organisations such as the Centre for Environment and Development (CED) are involved in REDD+ in Cameroon, but very few are effectively trained and involved at governmental level. Otherwise the remainder of REDD+ actors in Cameroon are mainly international organisations including World Wildlife Fund (WWF), Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), and the Centre for International Forest Research (CIFOR). The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit GmbH (GIZ) provides direct technical assistance on REDD+ and climate change through a Technical Advisor in the CMSE.

A longstanding coordination and consultation mechanism in Cameroon is the Consultation Circle of Partners of the Ministry of Environment and the Protection of Nature (MINEP) and the Ministry of Forests and Wildlife (MINFOF) (CCPM) that gathers together donors and international organisations that support those two ministries. The CCPM, which has convened around a hundred meetings over ten years, plays an important role in coordinating and aligning government aid to the forestry and environment sectors, mainly through the Forest and Environment Sector Programme (FESP). The CCPM created a REDD+ sub-group, which meets roughly once a month to share information regarding REDD+ activities and initiatives. In general, however, the national REDD process in Cameroon is not yet very well coordinated and it is hoped that the establishment of the REDD+ Technical Secretariat will result in greatly improved harmonisation of activities.

In 2009, the government established the National Observatory on Climate Change (ONACC) as a cross-cutting body with high-level mandate from the president to monitor and evaluate the socio-economic and environmental impacts of climate change. It is responsible, amongst other things, for initiating and promoting activities that both mitigate and adapt to climate change. This includes facilitating international finance for climate mitigation services provided by Cameroon’s forests. As of November 2013 however, the ONACC is not yet operational.

References

Morrison, Karl. 2009. Broken promises: forest revenue sharing in Cameroon. WRI Forest Notes. Available here (accessed 29 October2013).

Karsenty, Alain. 2007. Overview of industrial forest concessions and concession-based industry in central and west Africa and considerations of alternatives. CIRAD.  Available here (accessed 27 October 2013).

Somorin, O.A., et al., REDD+ policy strategy in Cameroon: Actors, institutions and governance. Environ. Sci.Policy (2013)

Awono, A., Somorin, O.A., Eba’a Atyi, R., Levang, P. 2013. Tenure and participation in local REDD+ projects: insights from southern Cameroon. Environmental Science and Policy.