An MOU signed by the two institutions on June 3, 2019 will boost environmental protection in local council areas.
The Ministry of Environment, Nature Protection and Sustainable Development (MINEPDED) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Special Council Support Fund for Mutual Assistance (FEICOM) to boost environmental protection in local council areas nationwide. The partnership agreement was signed in Yaounde on June 3, 2019. Minister Hele Pierre signed on behalf of MINEPDED while the General Manager of FEICOM, Phillipe Camille Akoa signed for the institution which supports councils with funding and technical assistance.
The MOU covers four key aspects which both parties consider strategic. These include the conservation and sustainable management of biodiversity, fighting climate change and desertification, waste management and environmental sanitation, and environmental evaluation as well. It would be implemented through exchange of expertise, capacity building, joint financing of projects and mutual support in the mobilisation of climate funds from sources like the Global Environment Fund, Green Fund and Adaptation Fund.
Minister Hele Pierre said the partnership is justified by the fact that FEICOM is the main institution through which many international and local organisations support councils and implement ideas that are important for local communities. He said the partnership would facilitate the valorisation of the policies of his Ministry and ease their implementation through councils which are in direct contact with citizens.
To Phillipe Camille Akoa, the agreement is important because his institution recently got involved in sustainable development and the funding they provide to councils also impact the environment. "The convention we signed today is to mitigate risks that may occur during the implementation of projects on the ground. For instance, the construction of schools funded by FEICOM must be accompanied by the planting of a specific number of trees in replacement of wood used to build the roofs of the buildings," the FEICOM General Manager explained.