Cameroon is one of the most biodiverse countries in Africa, with tropical forests, tropical wooded savannah, semi-arid, montane, freshwater and marine and coastal ecosystems. Cameroon’s fragile ecosystems are increasingly threatened by poor cultivation and pastoral practices, erratic rainy seasons, recurrent flood and drought occurrences. In addressing some of these challenges, Cameroon is one of the four countries receiving support under the first phase of BES-Net to carry out its national ecosystem assessment, with political support from the Ministry of Environment, Protection of Nature and Sustainable Development and technical backstopping support from UNEP-WCMC. The process has been guided closely by the National Platform for Science-Policy Interface on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services.

  • Cameroon is now in the final stages of completing its national ecosystem assessment report and summary for policymakers for validation and launching in 2022.
  • Cameroon will receive the BES Solution Fund in 2022 to implement some of the recommendations from the ecosystem assessment.
  • Cameroon is also receiving support from BES-Net to contribute to national efforts addressing land degradation, building on the latest knowledge and evidence.