Cameroon to receive US$3.6 to prepare for REDD+



Posted on 16 March 2013  | 
Yaoundé, Cameroon – 16 March 2013 – The World Bank’s Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF) has approved Cameroon’s REDD+ Readiness Preparation Proposal (R-PP), paving the way for the nation to harness the development and conservation benefits of REDD+. Cameroon will receive a grant of US$3.6 million from the FCPF to implement the R-PP. This is a major step forward in the establishment of Cameroon’s REDD+ national strategic plan. The process of developing the R-PP also demonstrated effective national multi-stakeholder participation.

 

REDD+ is of major importance to Cameroon, as it is recognized as a tool to achieve the country’s national development goals. Specifically, REDD+ is anticipated to help Cameroon achieve the sustainable development objective established by the government in the Growth and Employment Strategy Paper (GESP) for its 2035 vision.

 

“The approval of the R-PP is a milestone for Cameroon to move ahead in developing its national REDD+ strategy which will allow for fair, equitable and transparent payments that address deforestation, forest degradation and major causes for climate change globally. WWF congratulates the Cameroonian government in its endeavor to use REDD+ as a development tool that intends to primarily benefit the most vulnerable groups-local communities, indigenous people and women – while also conserving nature,” said Dr. Hanson Njiforti, Country Director, WWF-Cameroon. 

 

“Developing our R-PP has been a great learning process. The Government of Cameroon is extremely grateful to all the partners who contributed to the process. As we enter a new phase to build a national strategy that will guide the REDD+ process in Cameroon, the financial and technical support of international partners is needed more than ever before,” said Dr. Wassouni Amadou, National REDD+ Coordinator for Cameroon.

 

Cameroon is a forest-rich country in west Central Africa, with about 42% of the total land area (20 million hectares) covered by forest, of which 75% is dense forest. Cameroon also has one of the highest rates of deforestation in Africa’s Congo Basin. According to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the annual average deforestation rate in Cameroon is around 1%, equivalent to a loss of about 200,000 hectares per year.

 

WWF’s global Forest and Climate Initiative is working in the Congo Basin to support the region in harnessing the development and conservation benefits of REDD+.


For more information about WWF’s global REDD+ work, visit: www.panda.org/forestclimate.

 

For more information about the World Bank’s Forest Carbon Partnership Facility, visit: bit.ly/FCPFnews.

 

Contact:

 

Kalame Fobissie

Regional Forest and Climate Coordinator

WWF – CARPO

BFobissie@wwfcarpo.org

 

 

Jennifer Ferguson-Mitchell

WWF Forest and Climate Initiative

Jennifer.ferguson-mitchell@wwf.panda.org

Forest, East Province, Cameroon
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