The French Agency for Development (ADF) has given the sum of 10 million euros to finance Cameroon’s biodiversity rescue plan dubbed “BIODEV 2030”.
The project which would be coordinated by the Expertise France outfit and facilitated by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) aims at stopping the loss of biodiversity in Cameroon between now and 2030 and to restore it to its natural level by 2050.
Speaking while presiding over the official signing ceremony on Thursday, November 12, Dr. Nana Aboubakar Jalo, the Secretary General in the Ministry of the Environment, Nature Protection and Sustainable Development, declared that “We all must do all to protect the forest”.
“This project demands the integration of the protection of biodiversity in the social and economic projects of our country and other countries so that we can reconcile the protection of biodiversity, of nature and development. This is so because development is indispensable,”Dr. Jalo added.
He stated that the principal objective of the project is to support the government in identifying the diverse sectors (private sector, civil society etc.) who are concerned with a view to putting in place a platform for dialogue.
“The final word here is to reconcile economic and social development with the protection of nature,” he said.
Gilles Etoga, the WWF-Cameroon Country Representative on his part revealed that the process of putting the project in place would take four years.
“We have received money that would permit us to attain three stages which are: the scientific diagnosis at the level of countries and sectors, dialogue with the stakeholders and the dissemination of results especially good practices,” Etoga said.
In the second phase of the project, it is expected that multi-party dialogue would facilitate the emergence of a common vision and lead to voluntary sectoral engagements.
It would integrate the said sectorial engagements into the strategies and national action plan for biodiversity with a view to supporting a more ambitious national engagement for the post-2020 Agenda for a Global Framework for Biodiversity, according to Antoinette Kiboum, the officer in charge of the project.