Saturday, July 7, 2018

Wood Energy: Parliament And Government Reflect On Better Management Energy Sector

On the sidelines of the ordinary session, parliamentarians and members of the Government met at the National Assembly on 4 and 5 July 2018, to study this subject better. Their dialogue has been extended to development partners, such as German cooperation and a few players in the wood energy sector.


In a way, this is a wake-up call for the Network of Parliamentarians for the Sustainable Management of Central African Forest Ecosystems (REPAR), the initiator of the Parliament / Government dialogue on the issue of fuelwood in Cameroon. According to the Honorable Jean Jacques Zam Coordinator of REPAR Cameroon, the rather generous ecosystem of our country faces many problems such as degradation and deforestation, unequal distribution at the national level and climate change.

To these problems, Hilarion Etong 1st Vice-President of the National Assembly adds the fact that, Cameroon's energy demand is becoming more and more growing whether one is in a rural area or in a peri-urban area. In the same vein, the Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany in Cameroon present at the ceremony, says that more than 84% of Cameroonian households use fuelwood as the main source of fuel. Given this context, the Parliament / Government dialogue should make it possible to identify possible solutions for better organization and development of the wood energy sector in Cameroon.

The parliamentarians and the members of the Government therefore combed through the issue of the Bois-énergie. Concretely, the dialogue focused on its place in energy policy, the legal supply mechanism, the impact on the forest, the mitigation measures, the structuring and the sustainability of the sector, etc. In addition, it was also discussed how to use the reforms that Cameroon has made in this sector. These reforms include the establishment of the Forest Environment Sector Program (PSFE) and the creation of a Ministry, the Ministry in charge of Forests and Wildlife.

Therefore, with the general direction of Cameroon's forest policy, it is necessary to achieve " the sustainability and development of the economic, ecological and social functions of forests, within the framework of integrated management, ensuring sustained and sustainable conservation and the use of forest resources and ecosystems, "said Hilarion Etong.



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