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The Republic of Cameroon joined the Climate and Clean Air Coalition (CCAC) in 2022, endorsing meaningful action to reduce short-lived climate pollutants including methane, black carbon, and hydrofluorocarbons. Cameroon is also a signatory to the Global Methane Pledge (GMP), which commits the country to the collective goal of reducing global methane emissions by at least 30% from 2020 levels by 2030.
Household energy has been an area where Cameroon has made exemplary progress in transitioning to LPG as a primary cooking fuel. The objective is to move from 12% national usage to 58% (18 million people) by 2030. This will result in a significant reduction of PM2.5 - black carbon - and other short-lived climate pollutants, alongside reducing deforestation, and protecting the health of lower income households.
Cameroon’s geographic diversity increases its vulnerability to a range of negative impacts of climate change, challenges to agricultural productivity will be particularly important as over 70% of the population are directly dependent on agriculture for their livelihoods. Given this vulnerability Cameroon has already taken strong action to mitigate the impacts of climate change, including the National Development Strategy 2020-2030 for structural transformation and inclusive development outlining Cameroon’s development vision including measures to strengthen mitigation and management measures to ensure sustainable and inclusive economic growth and social development.
Cameroon's revised Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) submitted to the UNFCC in 2021 has laid the groundwork for fast SLCP action, outlining the priority source sectors the country will address, including oil and gas, agriculture, waste, and energy. Cameroon will seek support through the CCAC and the Global Methane Pledge to turn its climate commitments into action with the development of an integrated SLCP assessment and methane action plan, institutional capacity building, and projects supporting mitigation actions in the identified priority source sectors.
Discover Cameroon's climate and clean air plans further below: