Cameroon - Environment



Cameroon has 18 national parks and equivalent protected areas covering about 2 million hectares (6 million acres), about 4.4% of the country. Nevertheless, poaching is a major problem because of insufficient guards. Destruction of the remaining forests is heavy, even within reserved lands. Fires and commercial exploitation of the forests result in the elimination of 200,000 hectares (494,200 acres) per year. Overgrazing is degrading the semiarid northern range lands. By the mid-1980s, Cameroon had lost 40% of its mangrove swamps. Air pollution is a significant environmental problem in Cameroon. The main sources of pollution are industrial chemicals and vehicle emissions. Cameroon has 268 cu km of renewable water resources. About 78% of urban dwellers and 39% of the rural residents have access to safe drinking water. Poaching and overfishing threaten the nation's wildlife. As of 1994, the drill and Preuss's red colobus were endangered species. In a total of 409 mammal species, 32 are threatened with extinction. Of 690 bird species, 14 are endangered. Three reptiles, one amphibian, and 26 species of freshwater fish are also threatened. About 67 plant species of over 8,000 were endangered as of 2000.

The country also has a problem with volcanic activity, flooding, and insect infestation. In August 1986, poisonous gases emanating from Lake Nyos in northwestern Cameroon killed 1,746 villagers, by official count. The lake lies within the crater of a dormant volcano, and scientists speculated that the toxic gases were released by molten rock that had seeped into the lake.

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Jen
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Sep 18, 2007 @ 12:12 pm
hey i like this website it helps me with my french project about cameroon! Thanks alot! i hope i get a good grade if not thats alright too.
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Bakia Mbianyor
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Apr 11, 2008 @ 9:09 am
There can't be any successful conservation initiative without the political will to do so. In Cameroon, prominent politicians and their families are major stakeholders in all the activities that lead to deforestation and environmental degradation. What account can these people give of themselves?
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Feb 27, 2011 @ 2:02 am
This is a very resourceful site for hands on information on the biodiversity and wildlife in Cameroon. I will like to know about le lac Ossa, its fish diversity and if its resources are open access. Also, if there could be any issues of pollution affecting it.
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Apr 23, 2012 @ 5:05 am
Thank you very much for this website; it will help me to carry out my research in environmental law and the biodiversity in cameroon is managed. Thanks !
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forti antonia
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Sep 2, 2012 @ 12:12 pm
thanks very much for this imformation , but i do think that if the number of environmental risk asessment personels or specialists are increased or trained i think something like air pollution will be reduced cause they will need to asses such area before the construction of heavy industries so that in the long run it shouldnot pollute the underground water.OR what do you think?
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Kone Sone
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Jan 7, 2013 @ 6:06 am
does cameroon has an environmental policy? if yes, what are the basics
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Jul 17, 2013 @ 12:12 pm
Cameroon is my country and i love my country so much.
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maxim JORDAN
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Feb 5, 2014 @ 4:16 pm
I am a Cameroonian and exchange students in the united states. we are making blogs to expose our country problems and involve people in activities like protecting the environment, which is my topic. this article is really useful and i would love to know more about the evolution of this topic. thanks.
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andley jahvie
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Feb 19, 2015 @ 2:14 pm
I am a Cameroonian and exchange students in the united states. we are making blogs to expose our country problems and involve people in activities like protecting the environment, which is my topic. this article is really useful and i would love to know more about the evolution of this topic. thanks.
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Ashton
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Mar 9, 2015 @ 3:15 pm
helpful to me and my paper I am making a. This is a LOT of HELP
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Dec 23, 2015 @ 9:09 am
I think right now the pressing environmental issues Cameroon is facing as a whole is inappropriate waste disposal and climatic variability. leaving environment and quarters are very dirty, poor hygiene and sanitation is the order of Cameroon. studies by Nyang Justin 2015 shows that inappropriate waste disposal system, poor hygiene and sanitation system are one of the most alarming cause of environmental issues and equally the cause of malaria disease. not forgetting the issue of climatic variability issue from one industrial region to another.
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Sophie Ebot
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Aug 20, 2016 @ 1:01 am
I love this site. I am a Cameroonian, a Masters student at Sophia university,Japan. I wish to write my thesis on waste management in Cameroon. But most of the ideas I have are already on the net. I need something new or different. Can I have various proposals from you guys? Thanks
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nanvou stephane
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Aug 22, 2018 @ 3:03 am
please i need some information about actual environmental problems in cameroon and their locations so i can sort out my theme of research for my masters 2 your help will be of great importance thanks.
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Miguel Djilong
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Dec 13, 2018 @ 2:14 pm
Please someone can help me with some aquartic ecological problems faced by Cameroon?

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