In alignment with the World Bank (Forest Carbon Partnership Facility) and other partners, Cameroon has been engaged in REDD+ (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation and the role of conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of forest carbon stocks) since 2005. The country is thus expected to produce its REDD+ national strategy by 2016.
Deforestation, forest degradation and unsustainable management of forest Cameroon have many causes in Cameroon. Actions to address these must align with national circumstances and capacities. In such policy areas where actors depend upon one another, collaboration is needed to ensure that choices are made to bring about best results for all actors. At the same time, the country has inscribed the fight against corruption as a priority as witnessed by the setting-up of anti-corruption institutions and other initiatives.
Considering the institutional and current governance context, the REDD+ mechanism will provide financial incentives and non-carbon benefits to the country. The credibility and functioning of this mechanism relies on a robust implementation framework where governance measures, including transparency and accountability are indispensable and, key social safeguard measures that were set out in the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change’s 2010 Cancun Agreements are taken into account and respected.
Developing collaborative capacities to manage corruption and other related governance risks related to REDD+ is crucial for its success. This is why Transparency International Cameroon gathered other State and Non-State anti-corruption institutions on September 23, 2016 to brainstorm on how transparency and Integrity can be promoted and strengthened in the ongoing REDD+ process in Cameroon.
In order to enhance the linkages between international governance standards for REDD+ and national efforts to combat corruption, participants proposed that anti-corruption institutions should work together to influence the governance debate within the REDD+ process. In line with this position, TI-Cameroon proposed the creation of a “Cameroon Task Force on Anti-corruption for REDD+” with the aim of fostering a genuine multi-stakeholder technical and policy dialogue on the interface between REDD+ and corruption. The idea was fully welcome by the participants that recommended an official presentation of the idea to their respective hierarchy for final approval.
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