Corruption Stalls Cameroon's Efforts to Fight Climate Change
Efforts by Cameroon’s government and international donor institutions to fight climate change by investing in infrastructure and improving public awareness of the dangers of extreme weather are being hampered by poor governance and corruption, the government has acknowledged.
Patrick Akwa, secretary-general of the Ministry of Environment, Nature Protection and Sustainable Development, told ministry staff that many Cameroonians continue to pay a heavy price for extreme weather, despite the government’s efforts to prevent or mitigate natural disasters.
“One of the big challenges our ministry is facing now is the fight against climate change. Unfortunately many investment projects of our ministry towards this direction are frustrated by corrupt practices that have become pervasive in the country,” Akwa said at the annual meeting of central and decentralized units of the ministry in January in Yaounde.