Toward a national investment plan for the implementation of NAPCC in Cameroon

Within the framework of strengthening partnership, the Ministry of Environment, Protection of Nature and Sustainable Development of Cameroon and GWP Cameroon organized a workshop for enrichment and ownership of the National Investment Plan for the Adaptation on Climate Change (NIPACC) in Mbalmayo, Cameroon from 23-24 June 2016

 

The workshop had gathered representatives of the Ministry of Environment, National Observatory for Climate Change, Experts in Economics from the “Cabinet Multipolaire” and the staff of GWP-Cameroon.

 

The workshop aimed at considering, enriching and appropriating the NIPACC in order to mobilize institutional players/stakeholders as well as resources and also mutualize effort to boost the implementation of the National Adaptation Plan on Climate Change (NAPCC) priority actions.

The priority actions of the NAPCC reported in the national investment plan budgeted around 60 billions of francs CFA aimed at reducing the vulnerability in the coastal and sudano-sahelian areas of Cameroon. These areas are strategic for development to climate change, hence an absolute need in strengthening their adaptation capacities and resilience.

 

Within two days, the national investment plan was presented to be an operational framework of NAPCC, a national and external fund investment planning but also a governance tool enabling the visibility and coordination of actions. It took into account the needs, inadequate search of investment for the next five years, 2016-2020. In addition, an expos focused on the different sources of climate fund and their eligibility conditions was made, with the purpose of  encouraging stakeholders in the development process of the national investment plan. Another presentation was made as a reminder of the development process of the NAP of Cameroon and for its review. Along this, special thanks were given to GWP Cameroon for its support at the different steps of the process.

The group works on validating the matrixes of the profiles of the proposed programs, followed by a plenary restitution were the highlights of the meeting. Because each participant, according to his domain/expertise made inputs to enrich the document.

Participants jointly developed and adopted a roadmap for the next steps of the development process while waiting for the approval of the national investment plan by the different line Ministries involved in the implementation of NAP. This constituted one of the outputs of the workshop, on top of the enrichment and validation of the matrixes of the profiles of the 4 programs.

The roadmap was as follows:

  • Production of the  zero draft of the NIPACC including remarks/comments made during this workshop;
  • Internal review of the document by a team from the Ministry of environment;
  • Organizing an inter Ministry  concertation/consultation for improving and defining the format of the NIPACC ;
  •  Production of the 1st draft  of the NIAPCC taking into account observations/ comments from the line ministries;
  • Organizing a workshop for a technical approval of the 1st draft of NIPACC.

“On issues of climate change, Cameroon is ahead” said the GWP-CAf chair, at the closing session, hoping that “the experience of Cameroon will be duplicated in central Africa.”

In her turn, the representative of the Minister of Environment, thanked GWP for its support. She clearly stated that “The support brought by GWP to the Ministry of Environment in the search of funding is really a big step, in the framework of cooperation with Cameroon”. Responding, she added “the Minister of Environment is open and ready to do everything, so that the measures of adaptation and mitigation become effective for the increasing issues climate change in Cameroon”

As a reminder, the Ministry of Environment and GWP Cameroon drafted the NIAPCC in November 2015, by “Cabinet Multipolaire” in response to one of the recommendations formulated during the finalization workshop on NAPCC: “prioritize capacity building of stakeholders on resilient investment planning to climate change”. And the draft of the NIPACC was submitted to stakeholders for enrichment and approval/validation.

The draft of the NIPACC is a document of over eighty pages. It is made of four chapters. The first chapter introduces the general background of the Plan, the second chapter deals with the profiles of the programs, the third looks at the mechanism for implementation, monitoring and coordination, the last chapter, itself, develops the budget framework.