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Cameroon Intensifying Measures To Reduce Biodiversity Loss 

By Nformi Sonde Kinsai

CameroonPostline.com — The Ministry of Environment, Nature Protection and Sustainable Development, MINEPDED, has put in place measures to reduce biodiversity loss. The measures, contained in a document titled “National Biodiversity Targets”, were validated at a workshop in Yaounde on November 12 by some 70 biodiversity conservation experts.

Opening the day-long validation workshop, the Minister, Pierre Hèlé, referred to the meeting as a crucial stage in the process of revising the National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan (NBSAP) which was drawn up in 1999 and adopted in 2002.

He stated that the workshop was preceded by national and regional concertations covering major ecosystems in which statistics on the state of biodiversity in the country was evaluated.
“These consultations helped in identifying the causes and consequences of biodiversity loss as well as loopholes of our current action plan. This would help us to redefine priority actions needed to reverse the situation,” Hèlé told the participants.

He mentioned the objectives of the 2010-2020 Aichi Biodiversity and Strategic Plan adopted in 2010 by parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity, noting that the vision of life in harmony with nature as contained in the plan is experiencing imbalance due to the spectacular loss of biodiversity in the last 50 years. The Minister held that such a loss has triggered poverty, which warrants urgent action as enshrined in the strategic plan which now proposes solutions to tackle the root causes of the loss.

According to the Minister, the defined and validated objectives at the national workshop covering the next ten years would serve as a big support to national and international efforts aimed at ensuring a biodiversity capable of yielding abundant fruits for present and future generations.

The National Coordinator of the Biodiversity Conservation project at MINEPDED, Prudence Galega, who is also the Technical Adviser No 1 in the Ministry, mentioned the very limited knowledge of the population on issues of biodiversity conservation and the irrational and unsustainable use of the resources as some of the targets that need to be addressed and improved upon.

Mrs. Galega said a number of activities are now going on at MINEPDED to ensure biodiversity sustainability and eventual equitable sharing of benefits that accrue from biodiversity conservation to the communities.

Presentations at the workshop included results of the national and regional consultation meetings by Dr. Chiambeng; discussions on the causes and consequences of biodiversity loss by Antoine Eyebe; discussions on the vision, mission and key principles of biodiversity protection and strategic objectives plan in matters of biodiversity by Dr. Tata Fufong.

First published in The Post print edition no 01390

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