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NGOs To Bag FCFA 250 Million For Environmental Protection 

By Yerima Kini Nsom — Some Civil Society Organisations in the Central African region will share a total of FCFA 250 million for the protection of biodiversity and the sustainable management of the environment.

Examining the various projects submitted by the organisations was the main substance of the Small Grants Regional Committee meeting organised by the Central African Regional Programme for The Environment, CARPE, in Yaounde on August 9. CARPE organised the meeting in collaboration with the World Conservation Union.

Speaking at the occasion, the CARPE Regional Program Manager, Dr. Kenneth Angu Angu, said Civil Society Organisations that would be selected to benefit from the grants must present good projects. Such projects, he went on, border on the protection and the sustainable management of natural resources, climate change mitigation and reforestation.

He said they are committed to enabling Civil Society to participate in the preservation of biodiversity in the Central African region. For his part, the Country Director of the World Conservation Union, Dr. Leonard Usongo, said the initiative started in 2006. Thus, the confab was the Sixth Committee Meeting tailored to determine the sharing of grants for 2012.

He said he was happy that the Civil Society in the region was part and parcel of the development and the implantation of policies and the sustainable use of natural resources.
According to experts, the initiative cannot be overemphasised given that the Central African region is endowed with natural resources that need to be used sustainably for future generations.

For one thing, protecting the environment and promoting reforestation is a way of mitigating climate change that remains a threat to the entire humanity. Observers say soliciting the help of NGOs is a laudable initiative because it means engaging more people in the fight against climate change in the various countries.

First published in The Post print edition No. 1366