By Ruth Ogendi
Like with many places in Africa, climate change continues to have adverse effects on agro-ecosystems and communities in Cameroon. There are two response pathways to the challenge. First, mitigation efforts aimed at stopping and reversing further emission of greenhouse gases. Second, adaptation aimed at providing the technology and infrastructure to cope with irreversible effects of climater change. Overtime, the two approaches have been pursued separately but integrating them would provide the greatest benefit. To assist Cameroon integrate mitigation and adaptation to create an effective synergy, a research team consisting of Peter Minang, Lalisa Duguma and Zac Tchoundjeu of the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF), Dieudonne Alemagi of FOKABS Inc, Anderson Kehbila of the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), the CGIAR Forests, Trees and Agroforestry flagship project for climate change adaption and mitigation and consultant Faith Ngum, analysed the policies, institutional arrangements and projects already undertaken at various levels in the country to address climate change.
To ensure synergy in climate efforts, the study provides key recommendations:1) A national technical committee be established to provide scientific guidance to the Government; 2) Funding from ministries and international organizations should be committed for joint mitigation and adaptation projects; 3) Private sector investment should be facilitated considering that the sector has expressed willingness to engage;
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