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Cameroon Signs Accord To Restore 12 Million Hectares Of Degenerated Landscapes By 2030

The government of Cameroon through its Ministry of the Environment, Nature Protection and Sustainable Development (MINEPDED) and the World Environment Fund, have signed an accord by which the Cameroon government would restore 12 million hectares of degraded landscapes by the year 2030.

The accord for the beginning of The Restoration Initiative (TRI) project, envisages to regenerate degraded landscapes by the utilization of local plant species such as bamboos, rattan and other types of non-woody forestry products.

The said accord is an engagement on the part of the government of Cameroon within the context of the Initiative for the Restoration of African Forestry Landscapes (AFR 100), which envisages to restore 100 million hectares of degraded forestry landscapes in Africa.

Its putting in place in Cameroon is jointly facilitated by the Ministry of the Environment, Nature Protection and Sustainable Development and the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN).

The project is executed by the International Bamboo and Rattan Organisation (INBAR) in partnership with Cameroonian civil society organisations such as the Cameroon Environment Watch, Forest and Rural Development, the Unit for Support to Integrated Participative Local Development, the National Water and Forestry School of Mbalmayo and the Service for the Conservation of Lake Ossa.

It is expected that within the duration of the project, there would be an increase in the capacity of forestry production by regeneration, re-aforestation and agroforestry.

There would also be a reinforcement of the putting in place of an ensemble of actions aimed at regenerating zones where the forest has been destroyed, to plant new zones in order to limit the advancement of the desert, create green zones in the interior and the periphery of towns and villages and to regenerate exploited forests.

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Chief Bisong Etahoben is a Cameroonian investigative journalist and traditional ruler. He writes for international media and has participated in several transnational investigations. Etahoben won the first-ever Cameroon Investigative Journalist Award in 1992. He serves as a member of a number of international investigative journalism professional bodies including the Forum for African Investigative Reporters (FAIR). He is HumAngle's Francophone and Central Africa editor.

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