The Minister of Forestry and Wildlife, H.E JULES DORET NDONGO has received in audience the Head of the UN Migration Agency, Mr. Abdel Rahmane Diop on Wednesday September 7, 2022 in the conference hall of the ministry. The brief but rich exchange offered an opportunity for the visiting delegation to officially introduce to the Minister among others the actions and missions of the organization in Cameroon in particular and Africa as a whole. As concerns the preparation towards COP27, the ministry is working in collaboration with partners to ensure a smooth participation. In as much as it will dwell more on climate change, the ministry is encouraging other factors to reduce the pressure on forests. However, there is still need of partner organizations to step in, like the UN Migration Agency for instance, especially in terms of illegal occupation of forest areas.
The Minister reiterated the slogan which COMIFAC and Congo Basin member countries and partners run with; which is all about bringing solutions to problems plaguing nature which primarily targets forest areas. Today, forests through their actions help fight against the dangerous effects of greenhouse gas emission. Thus, since the creation of COMIFAC in 1999, their role is two-sided; not only do they preserve ecosystems and biodiversity, but also they aim at bringing in other countries to join the train towards the fight, knowing well that our forests are means towards poverty alleviation and add into the state coffers.
The issue of internally displaced persons especially the South West Region is seemingly particular as the forestry legislation provides the right of usage of people who naturally or historically live in or around the forest zones; but with the prevailing situation some people think they do not have the right or cannot benefit from the forest reserves. Thus, the organization ought to fine tune other mechanisms other than sensitization to reduce the pressure meted out on those in the concerned forest areas.