Forest and Environment Programme (PFE) 

With its still extensive tropical forest cover that is however threatened by endemic impacts as well as cross-border conflicts (safe area for Boko Haram, influx of refugees), Cameroon has long been an important partner to international processes and commitments such as FLEGT and REDD. Under bilateral assistance the proposition and alignment of legal and policy frameworks has proceeded, resulting among other, in the transfer of a vast share of forest management to municipalities. But implementation of the international commitments and corresponding national sector strategies is still slow, among others for want of sufficient executive capacities of the devolved administration services and due to still inadequate inter-ministerial consultative and support procedures.

To capacitate the process and assist the country in pursuing its own national action plans that pertain to forest and the environmental sector, German bilateral cooperation furnishes continued support in the frame of the GIZ-implemented Forest and Environment Programme (PFE).

One challenge of the current phase is to renew efforts for cross-sectoral land use planning with the advent of the national Growth and Employment Strategy, the forest-related sub-strategies of which now come to supersede the existing national Forestry and Environment Sector Programme (Programme sectoriel forêt et environnement – PSFE) in effect since 2004. While the Growth Strategy constitutes the future frame of reference for donor assistance in the sector, respective coordination mechanisms yet need to be established and the respective line agencies be prepared for their new paths of interaction.  

At the same time guidelines on best practice for the sustainable management of forests and protected areas as well as for participation and gender equality need to be approved by the ministries for incorporation into regional management planning.

In the East and Far North ECO Consult works to improve the charcoal value chain for energy services. We provide advise to regional ministerial delegations on the elaboration of a modernisation strategy of the wood energy value chain and on the implementation of a master scheme for supplying the urban agglommeration of Maroua with wood energy. Setting up enabling regulatory and institutional framework conditions for value chains and supporting the modernization of value chains from production to combustion are complemented by practical energy pilot projects based on plantations.

The objective is to promote the use of wood energy produced in the East (where there is a surplus) from sawmill residues by consumers in the North, who are short of wood energy. The activities carried out involve professionalizing the value chain: organizing charcoal producers into recognized entities (Groupement d'Intérêt Communautaire — GIC), facilitating marketing (legalizing charcoal produced, logistics center, linking producers and consumers by favoring trade agreements).

Time span
2016 – 2019       

Commissioning body           
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH

Cooperation partner