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Cameroon

TOTAL POPULATION

22.4 million YEAR 2014

CO2 EMISSIONS

7,000 kt COUNTRY, YEAR 2014

822,800 kt Sub-Saharan Africa, YEAR 2014

“A 32% reduction in emissions by 2035 compared to business-as-usual levels.”

PARIS AGREEMENT TARGET

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CLIMATE SIGNIFICANCE

The unique climate and terrain conditions in Cameroon have granted the country with a manifold biodiversity. The country counts at least 1660 types of species, including 900 birds, lions, elephants and giraffe. Bonus, it is the home of the Goliath frog, the biggest of them all. 

Deforestation from agriculture is an enduring problem in Cameroon. The forests recede by 0.90% yearly on average. At this rate, there won’t be any forest left in 50 years. Commercial bushmeat trade has now surpassed deforestation as the main threat to wildlife in Cameroon. Only 5% of Cameroon is protected when the UN targets 17% globally. Two of these parks nonetheless are World UNESCO heritage sites for their biodiversity significance and the natural beauty of the landscape.

Cameroon has at least 2 active volcanoes, including the eponymous Mount Cameroon. While not gushing lava, they periodically release poisonous gases through the lakes that formed on their craters. 

The great challenge for Cameroon is to limit the damage done to its natural treasures - and defences - such as its coastal mangrove, whilst getting to food self-sufficiency, ending poverty and providing livelihoods to all its citizens.


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DATA INSIGHTS

The World Bank classifies Cameroon as a lower-middle-income country. To understand Cameroon’s position in the fight against climate change, it is useful to observe its history of carbon emissions and exposure to climate risk. The following plots provide an overview of Cameroon’s historic greenhouse gas emissions in perspective with global emission levels, as well as the country’s relative vulnerability and preparedness to climate change.

Cameroon Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Cameroon’s timeline of total GHG emissions and the percentage change from 1990

This plot combines 3 pieces of information measured from 1990 - 2012: The bar chart indicates the volume of the country’s GHG emissions, the full line shows the variation of this volume compared to the baseline 1990, and the dotted line presents the same variation, but globally.


Greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide, methane and fluorocarbons are the main drivers of global warming. Between 1990 and 2012, the world’s emissions grew by 40%.


From 1990 to 2000, Cameroon’s emissions increased by 67%, driven mainly by the expansion of export-oriented industrial agriculture. However, Cameroon’s emissions decreased from 2000 to 2010 as the use of petroleum-derived fuels for an energy source declined and brought its emissions down to nearly 1990 levels in 2012.


Land-use change and forestry (LUCF) sector are responsible for the largest share (58%), followed by the industrial processes sector (30%). LUCF emissions are mainly due to the transformation of forest lands into logging grounds and the expansion of agricultural activities. The industrial-related emissions come from the combustion of fossil fuels in industry. 


In 2012, Cameroon made a small contribution to GHG emissions in Sub-Saharan Africa. Cameroon still requires further efforts such as regulating unsustainable land use and illegal logging. (Source: WRI, 2018; World Bank, 2018)


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Cameroon Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Cameroon’s timeline of total GHG emissions and the percentage change from 1990

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This plot combines 3 pieces of information measured from 1990 - 2012: The bar chart indicates the volume of the country’s GHG emissions, the full line shows the variation of this volume compared to the baseline 1990, and the dotted line presents the same variation, but globally.


Greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide, methane and fluorocarbons are the main drivers of global warming. Between 1990 and 2012, the world’s emissions grew by 40%.


From 1990 to 2000, Cameroon’s emissions increased by 67%, driven mainly by the expansion of export-oriented industrial agriculture. However, Cameroon’s emissions decreased from 2000 to 2010 as the use of petroleum-derived fuels for an energy source declined and brought its emissions down to nearly 1990 levels in 2012.


Land-use change and forestry (LUCF) sector are responsible for the largest share (58%), followed by the industrial processes sector (30%). LUCF emissions are mainly due to the transformation of forest lands into logging grounds and the expansion of agricultural activities. The industrial-related emissions come from the combustion of fossil fuels in industry. 


In 2012, Cameroon made a small contribution to GHG emissions in Sub-Saharan Africa. Cameroon still requires further efforts such as regulating unsustainable land use and illegal logging. (Source: WRI, 2018; World Bank, 2018)


Cameroon Climate Vulnerability and Readiness (CVRI)

Cameroon’s vulnerability and readiness to combat climate change

This graph ranks a country’s climate performance by measuring its readiness (x-axis) and its vulnerability (y-axis). Both are measured from 0 - 1 (1 being the most ready or most vulnerable). This index combines indicators of a country’s exposure to climate change and others that measure the country’s potential to withstand those shocks. 


Each dot in this plot represents a country. The countries in most urgent situations are on the top left of the graph whilst the most resilient ones stand at the bottom right. 


Cameroon falls under the high vulnerability to climate change low level of adaptation capacity category. As agricultural is prone to climate change, extreme weather events will have significant impacts on the country’s agricultural production and food security. Climate change is expected to lead to declined rainfall that causes more extreme droughts, thereby threatening the water security of the country. The resilience and adaptive capacity of response systems need to be strengthened to effectively adapt to climate-related disasters. (Source: ND-GAIN, 2018)


The impacts of climate change vary by country and region. But wherever you are, local-level adaptation projects are necessary. You have all the cards in hand, now go explore our live projects and be one of the good guys. 


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Cameroon Climate Vulnerability and Readiness (CVRI)

Cameroon’s vulnerability and readiness to combat climate change

graph

This graph ranks a country’s climate performance by measuring its readiness (x-axis) and its vulnerability (y-axis). Both are measured from 0 - 1 (1 being the most ready or most vulnerable). This index combines indicators of a country’s exposure to climate change and others that measure the country’s potential to withstand those shocks. 


Each dot in this plot represents a country. The countries in most urgent situations are on the top left of the graph whilst the most resilient ones stand at the bottom right. 


Cameroon falls under the high vulnerability to climate change low level of adaptation capacity category. As agricultural is prone to climate change, extreme weather events will have significant impacts on the country’s agricultural production and food security. Climate change is expected to lead to declined rainfall that causes more extreme droughts, thereby threatening the water security of the country. The resilience and adaptive capacity of response systems need to be strengthened to effectively adapt to climate-related disasters. (Source: ND-GAIN, 2018)


The impacts of climate change vary by country and region. But wherever you are, local-level adaptation projects are necessary. You have all the cards in hand, now go explore our live projects and be one of the good guys. 


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