French diplomacy has declared Cameroon an essential partner in France's climate ambitions, highlighting the country's strategic position in Central Africa and its diverse ecosystems. This assessment, published in a document titled "Les carnets de l'équipe France au Cameroun: la France engagée dans la lutte contre le changement climatique" (France's Team in Cameroon: Engaged in the Fight Against Climate Change), underscores the crucial role Cameroon plays in addressing global climate challenges.
Cameroon's Pivotal Position
Cameroon's vast presence in the Congo Basin, its leadership role in the Central African Forest Commission (COMIFAC), and the wide range of climates it encompasses make it a key player in regional and international climate action. France recognizes this vital role and actively collaborates with Cameroon on various climate initiatives.
Scientific Collaboration: Building Research Capacity
French organizations like the Institut de recherche pour le développement (IRD) and the Centre de coopération internationale en recherche agronomique pour le développement (CIRAD) are actively engaged in Cameroon. These institutions, described as "key scientific references" by French diplomats, play a crucial role in climate research. In addition, France actively supports the development of a sustainable research dynamic in Cameroon by training and equipping young Cameroonian researchers. This knowledge sharing and capacity building are essential for long-term climate action.
Funding Innovative Projects: Preserving Ecosystems and Empowering Communities
Beyond research, France, through organizations like the Agence Française de Développement (AFD) and the Service de Coopération et d'Action Culturelle (SCAC), has been a long-standing partner in funding innovative environmental projects in Cameroon. These projects prioritize the preservation of ecosystems, the sustainable use of natural resources, and the inclusion of all stakeholders in climate solutions. The French Global Environment Facility (FFEM) further strengthens the France-Cameroon partnership in climate action. This organization finances innovative environmental projects in developing countries, and in Cameroon, it focuses on preserving carbon sinks and supporting vulnerable populations in adapting to the effects of climate change.
Michel Ange Nga