Whilst very few laws in Cameroon are related directly to REDD+, many laws have been established that outline a system for conserving forests and defining property rights and land tenure that therefore provide a framework for the development of REDD+ in Cameroon.
One of the few REDD+ specific laws in Cameroon is Decision No.09/MINEP of 15 January 2009 on the creation of a Steering Committee for the REDD Cameroon Pilot Project. This law establishes a Steering Committee in charge of political, technical and strategic orientations of the REDD Pilot Project in Cameroon. The Committee also approves roles and responsibilities of stakeholders in the REDD+ process, provides advice to the Central African Forest Commission (COMIFAC) on the UNFCCC SBSTA negotiations and acts as the REDD+ focal point in Cameroon.
Other laws that are significant in Cameroon are the 1994 Forestry Law, which reformed the 1982 Forestry Code and provides clear orientations toward sustainable forest use, and Decree No.2009/410 of 10 December 2009, which established the National Observatory on Climate Change (ONACC).
Cameroon’s REDD+ Readiness Preparation Proposal (R-PP) was approved in February 2013 by the World Bank Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF). This R-PP implementation grant will be used to develop a national REDD+ Strategy and build stakeholder capacity for REDD+.