Cameroon was one of the four countries that received support to carry out a national ecosystem assessment under the first phase of BES-Net (BES-Net I) in 2017. With political support of the Ministry of Environment, Protection of Nature and Sustainable Development (MINEPDED) and technical backstopping support of UNEP-WCMC, leading scientists and experts from across Cameroon embarked on the assessment for the next four and a half years, culminating the process with validation of the assessment report and summary for policymakers in 2022.
Following the successful completion of the national ecosystem assessment, Cameroon will be receiving catalytic support from the second phase of BES-Net (BES-Net II), known as the BES Solution Fund, supporting the uptake of priority recommendations from the assessment report as well as uptake of the IPBES global thematic assessments by science, policy and practice at the national level.
The objective of the Trialogue in Cameroon is to provide the policymakers, scientists and practitioners with a platform to explore jointly the opportunities for a harmonious and coordinated uptake of the key findings of the interlinked IPBES global and regional assessment reports, particularly the thematic assessments on pollinators and land degradation/restoration, as well as the national ecosystem assessment report. In addition, the Trialogue will pave the way for the co-creation of a plan to translate the mentioned findings into concrete actions on the ground. More specifically, based on the progress made to date, the Trialogue aims to:
- Inform and raise awareness of the status and trends in biodiversity and ecosystem services in Cameroon;
- Jointly assess and localise the latest knowledge on the contributions that ecosystems, particularly pollination services, make towards agricultural production and food security;
- Determine the trends and drivers of change in the status of land and ecosystems degradation and the impacts on achieving LDN targets, SDG 15.3 and other related targets on the national level;
- Celebrate “bright spots” where actions are contributing to LDN, improved pollination services and food productivity in Cameroon; and
- Initiate the co-creation process of a workplan implementing concrete nature-based solutions that improve the resilience of ecosystems and contribute towards LDN and food productivity.
During the Trialogue, participants will share the latest knowledge about the current situation, including drivers of land degradation in Cameroon and socioeconomic and environmental (biodiversity and ecosystem services, e.g. pollinators decline) impacts of land degradation and associated climate change at the national level, building on the recently concluded LDN progress review exercise.
Furthermore, participants will share and celebrate “bright spots”, or good practice examples existing in Cameroon, where farmers and businesses are enhancing food production through pollinator-friendly agroecology systems while at the same time combatting land degradation and strengthening climate change resilience – in ways that are scalable and can contribute to national LDN targets.
In addition, the participants will exchange knowledge and experience and initiate a co-creation process of a workplan outlining a set of concrete actions hinging on the findings of the IPBES Thematic Assessments and the national ecosystem assessment to be supported by the catalytic BES Solution Fund.