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Cameroon: Taking the green road to development

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Cameroon’s carbon emissions are very low per capita by international standards, but with rising emissions from animal agriculture, recycling and renewables projects are increasingly important
Cameroon’s carbon emissions are very low per capita by international standards, but with rising emissions from animal agriculture, recycling and renewables projects are increasingly important

The government of Cameroon is starting to take its environmental responsibilities more seriously, with an increasing number of recycling and renewable energy projects being developed.

Yet by some measurements, the country is already performing well. Its carbon emissions stand at about 8.62m megatons a year, according to World Bank figures, which translates into very low per capita emissions by international standards.

However, the country’s methane emissions are higher and rising because of the level of animal agriculture in the country. Nevertheless, at the 21st United Nations Conference on Climate Change (COP21), which was held in Paris in 2015, Cameroon committed to reducing its carbon emissions by 32% by 2030.

It is important that environmentally sustainable approaches are incorporated in all government policies, otherwise dedicated projects could be seen as a form of greenwashing.

Yaoundé has sought to encourage organic farming and has drawn up.