The German government has donated 10 million euros (about 6.5 billion FCFA) towards the reforestation of certain degraded landscapes in Cameroon.
An agreement to this effect was signed last week in Yaounde between the Cameroon government and the German Development Bank, KFW.
The signing ceremony was presided over by Alamine Ousmane Mey, Cameroon’s Minister of the Economy, Planning and Territorial Development.
The reforestation activities would be carried out under the Sectoral Programme for Forestry and Environment.
The money would be used in carrying out precise actions on a global surface area of 46,000 hectares in the North and Far North regions of Cameroon which are threatened by desertification.
Financial support from Germany would eventually enable Cameroon to partially finance its engagement to restore 12 million hectares of forests by 2030.
This engagement was taken by Cameroon under the “Bonn Challenge,” an initiative launched in 2011 during an event organised by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature and Germany.
This Cameroonian engagement is inscribed in a global effort aimed at restoring 150 million hectares of degraded land and reforest 350 million hectares by 2030.
According to the International Union for the Conservation of Nature, this venture is “the most important promise realised to date in the Congo Basin which is rich in animal species and which is home to the second largest forest mass in the world.”
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