Cameroon creates National Ramsar Committee
Following Honourable Inoni Ephraim's Prime Ministerial decree No. 63 of the 8th of March 2007, the government of Cameroon officially announced the creation of the 'National Ramsar Committee on Wetlands' within the Ministry of Environment and Nature Protection (the Ramsar Administrative Authority in Cameroon). This major step is in accordance with Recommendation 5.7 of the 5th Meeting of the Conference of the Contracting Parties in June 1993, in Kushiro, Japan, which encourages the creation of National Committees, and it follows up on Cameroon's accession to the Ramsar Convention, its ratification of the Convention on Biological Diversity and other national and ministerial policies, laws and decrees.
The Committee is made up of a President (the Minister of Environment and Nature Protection or his representative) and 14 members, including three representatives from the Ministry of Environment and Nature Protection, one representative each from eight related ministries (tourism, agriculture, economy and finance, fisheries and animal husbandry, energy and water, town and country planning, scientific research, and external relations), one representative each from non-governmental organizations and international organizations, all of whom are designated by their respective organizations. A technical Secretariat, supported/run by the Ramsar focal point in the government, will assist the committee in accomplishing its objectives. The Committee will mainly assist the government in its mission to coordinate and follow up the implementation of the Ramsar Convention in Cameroon and specifically on the designation of Ramsar sites within the country, management of designated Ramsar sites, and other Ramsar-related issues, under the supervision of the Minister of Environment and Nature Protection.
This Committee will meet at least once per semester and/or as often as needed. Some products expected of it include bi-yearly reports on the accomplishment of its missions and an annual report on the state of wetlands in the country and measures to reinforce national wetlands policies. Resources necessary for functioning and financing of its activities are expected to come from the state budget, national funds of environment and sustainable development, and the Secretariat of the Ramsar Convention.
The official document on the creation of this committee can be found here (PDF).