(Business in Cameroon) – Cameroon has integrated gender issues into its forestry investment plan. This was announced following a workshop co-organized by the African Development Fund (AfDB), the Climate Investment Fund (financed by the AfDB and the World Bank) and the Cameroonian Ministry of Environment in Ebolowa, in the south of the country.
“The validation of this activity represents the beginning of the mobilization of partners. We hope that Cameroon will get funding to implement gender specific actions,” said Charlotte Eyong, AfDB Senior Climate Change and Green Growth Officer for the Central Africa region.
Charlotte Eyong also invited the Cameroonian authorities to ensure that programs at the national level include concrete, specific and budgeted actions to reduce inequalities between women and men. According to the AfDB, the forest investment plan aims to support Cameroon’s efforts to implement the program to reduce emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD+). This plan finances public and private investments within the framework of the REDD+ program, in particular to support mitigation and adaptation to the effects of climate change on forests and contribute to various activities for the improvement of the environment, such as the conservation of biodiversity. It also aims to protect the rights of indigenous peoples and local populations, reduce poverty and improve living conditions in rural areas.
It should be noted that the Cameroonian forestry investment plan is supported by the African Development Bank and the World Bank to the tune of 150.3 million FCFA.