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Cameroon - Overview

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Status and Trends of Biodiversity

Overview

The following are numbered estimates of some of the biodiversity found in Cameroon: there are 9000 species of flora, 156 of which are endemic and 74 which are classified as threatened; 297 species of mammals; 849 species of bird,; 373 species of reptiles and amphibians, including 19 endemics; 451 species of fish with 35 of those classified as threatened... More »

National Biodiversity Strategy Action Plan

Major features of National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan

An analysis of both the proximate and underlying causes of biodiversity loss and ecosystem degradation in Cameroon led to the adoption of the following strategic goals: i) Reduce and/or stop biodiversity loss and ecosystem degradation in the short and medium term, and reverse the current trend of ecosystem degradation and biodiversity loss, in the long term, through environmentally appropriate, socially beneficial and economically viable biodiversity management systems; ii) Promote known values of biodiversity and its components and assess unknown values so as to raise awareness of biodiversity importance, derive incentives and enhance awareness so that all stakeholders can pledge more commitment to conserve and sustainably use biodiversity and its components; iii) Develop and/or strengthen capacity for planning, implementation and monitoring of biodiversity programmes and projects at all levels of the society, particularly, at the local community level; iv) Adapt legislation to include CBD requirement... More »

Implementation of the Convention

Measures Taken to Achieve the 2010 Target

Law N° 94-0 of January 20, 1994 was implemented to support the forest, fauna and fish systems: Art. 22(1) states; “ the permanent forests must cover a minimum of 30% of the total area of the national territory, and must represent the ecological diversity of the country.” With the creation of MINEP, other types of protected areas will be categorized (i... More »

Initiatives in Protected Areas

The objective of the state of Cameroon is to have 30% of its national territory declared as protected area; at the moment the number stands at a little over 15%. Currently, research is being done on the large marine ecosystem. Environmental Impact Assessment guidelines have been applied, and adhered to when dealing with protected areas... More »

Initiatives for Article 8(j)

Representatives from associations of traditional-practitioners participated in regional, national and international workshops organized by the Scientific Board of the Commonwealth, in Cameroon, Ghana, Nigeria and India, dealing with biodiversity in traditional medicinal practices. The PNVRA (Programme National de Vulgarisation et de Recherche Agricole) offers the opportunity for researchers to work in conjunction with local peoples to improve their knowledge while including, if necessary, notions on the subject of new technologies... More »

National Contacts

Full details of national contacts »

Convention on Biological Diversity

Mrs. Prudence Tangham Galega
CBD Primary NFP, SBSTTA NFP, ICNP ABS NFP, GTI NFP
Mr. Rigobert Ntep
CHM NFP, CHM Informal Advisory Committee
Dr. Christophe Bring
Protected Areas NFP

Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety

Mr. Mbélé Wouamane
Cartagena Protocol Primary NFP
M. Thierry Yimga Yao
BCH NFP

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