Climate change impacts in Cameroon

Climate change impacts in Cameroon - what the IPCC 4th Assessment Report has found:
  • Possible direct impacts of sea-level rise in Cameroon, indicate that a 15 % increase in rainfall by the year 2100 would likely decrease the penetration of salt water in the Wouri estuary. Alternatively, with an 11% decrease in rainfall, the salt water could extend up to about 70 km upstream. 
  • In the Gulf of Guinea, sea-level rise could induce overtopping and even destruction of the low barrier beaches that limit the coastal lagoons, while changes in precipitation could affect the discharges of rivers feeding them. These changes could also affect lagoonal fisheries and aquaculture [9.4.6]

WWF work

What WWF is doing on the ground in Cameroon to protect against climate change:

WWF is testing its approach to build resilience in tropical mangroves and associate coral reefs in Fiji, Tanzania, Cameroon and India.

This project aims to build the capacity of nature resource managers to assess vulnerability and to adapt management strategies to respond to expected climate change impacts.

Initial vulnerability assessments and adaptation planning point to the need for mangrove protection, reforestation with "climate-smart species," integrated land-use and marine planning, as well as activities to improve resource use technology.

Coordinating the testing of adaptation methods in geographically diverse locations within a common habitat type aims to increase the replicability so that the project results can be transferred to other conservation efforts around the globe.

 / ©: WWF-Canon / Olivier van Bogaert
The spectacular Memve'ele waterfalls bordering the Campo Ma'an National Park, Cameroon.
© WWF-Canon / Olivier van Bogaert

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