A man points at a field of newly planted mangrove seedlings.

Cameroon

At a Glance

The West Africa Regional Mission serves Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Chad, Côte d’Ivoire, Equatorial Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Liberia, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, and Sierra Leone, and The Gambia.

West Africa’s rich forest and coastal resources are increasingly at risk due to recurrent droughts, rising sea levels and deforestation with large consequences for economic development and food security. To address the region’s vulnerability to climate change and climate-related shocks, USAID is working with countries to improve the management of forests and mangroves, with the twin goals of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by increasing  sequestration  and increasing the resilience of the region’s coastal communities and upland systems. Clean energy programming will provide assistance to help eliminate the main obstacles to investment in low emissions development.

Climate Projections and Impacts

Refer to the Climate Risk Profile (2018) for more information.

Climate Projections

Increased/More Frequent Precipitation

Decreased Rainfall in the West, Increased Rainfall in the East

Sea Level Rise

Increased Temperature

Key Climate Impact Areas

Agriculture

Ecosystems

Energy

Human Health
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Urban Areas

Water

Funding & Country Climate Context


USAID Regional Climate Change Funding (2020)

Total

$3 Million

Sustainable Landscapes

$3 Million

GAIN Vulnerability

Medium

Population (2023)

30.1 Million

GHG Emissions Growth

1.18%

% Forested Area

39.30

Refer to metadata and sources for more details.

Climate Change Information

Stories from the Area

With agriculture driving deforestation, global climate protection and biodiversity conservation goals seem to collide with the drive to produce more food. Researchers warn of an impending “food security-biodiversity-climate” crisis and “looming land scarcity.”
Aerial view of a Transition Forest area in Bokito, Cameroon.
The Congo Basin of Central Africa hosts the second largest tropical forest in the world. The forests of the Congo Basin provide a range of environmental services to local forest-dependent communities, the surrounding region, and globally through climate regulation and carbon sequestration. Fostering the sustainable use of this vast, critical resource is imperative and requires a better understanding of existing forest resources, including changes in forest and land cover.
Along Cameroon’s equatorial coast, women are planting trees on degraded land, both in the humid terrestrial ecosystems, and the estuarine areas where mangroves grow. In some cases, they’re also gaining greater tenure security in the process.
A woman stands near young trees in a nursery, Cameroon.