Many communities in Cameroon depend on the forests for their livelihoods, engaging in activities such as agriculture, fishing, hunting and harvesting fruits and medicinal plants. Roughly 4 million people rely on the forests in their communities, however there is a threat of deforestation burdening them.
With about 40% of Cameroon's land covered in forest, the government has given the communities on the forests' borders the right to own and manage these areas. Issues arise when forest management committees make decisions without consulting the community. Some make decisions based on their own interests or without ensuring that all their people - especially minorities - will benefit.
PACC Policy is working in Cameroon with community-based organizations, government and non-governmental organizations, private practitioners, environmental rights groups and individual planners to prioritize and plan for adaptive measures and interventions within an international framework.
This multi-sectoral approach lies on the premise that climate change affects all sectors (health, tourism and development, gender and culture, housing, agro ecological, town and country planning).
Given that nearly two thirds of those earning less than $1.25 a day in developing nations across Africa make a living from agriculture – an industry directly affected by climate change – rural communities are one of the key foci for social intervention initiatives.