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Action

Facilitating municipal land-use planning in Cameroon

The EU REDD Facility engages with the Ministry of Economy, Planning and Regional Development (MINEPAT), IDH and WWF in the development of at least two Local Land Use Management and Sustainable Development Plan (PLADDT) at the municipal level.

Key facts

  • Year: since 2021-2022
  • Country: Cameroon
  • Partners: Ministry of Economy, Planning and Regional Development (MINEPAT), Rainbow EC, IDH and WWF
  • Budget: EUR 175 000
  • Funded by: EU REDD Facility

The objective

The objective is to support municipalities facing land conflicts and increasing pressure on natural resources through the development of a Local Land Use Management and Sustainable Development Plan (PLADDT) in Mintom and in Mbangassina.

Launch of the PLADDT process in Mintom municipality

Launch of the PLADDT process in Mintom municipality

Source: Rainbow EC

Launch of the PLADDT process in Mintom municipality

Source: Rainbow EC

The challenge

Multiple stakeholders have diverging interests in this land. These include local communities, migrant farmers, public figures, private sector and conservation organisations. The socio-economic and environmental implications of different land-use options will depend on both what is feasible and the availability of finances to implement one or another scenario. In the absence of any guarantees of financial support targeting sustainable investments, ‘business as usual’ land-use options that favour rapid forest conversion are likely to remain predominant.

Since 2018, the EU REDD Facility has supported the MINEPAT in the development of a methodology for Local Land Use Management and Sustainable Development Plan (PLADDT) to address some of these above-mentioned challenges. It aimed to foster common understanding between relevant ministries, regional delegations, civil society and the private sector around the methodology and decision support tools to prepare local land use plans.

The challenge is now to implement this methodology at municipal level bringing together multiple stakeholders to foster a common understanding and agreement on land uses, institutions/rules for future land management and activities necessary to achieve sustainable land management.

The approach

Based on the seven steps of the PLADDT methodology, the approach also follows three principles:

  • Increasing transparency and information sharing in land-use planning and land allocation processes.
  • Involving relevant stakeholders: line ministries, technical and financial partners, research institutes, private sector, civil society, etc.  
  • Using participatory tools and methods.

Results and impacts

  • PLADDT processes have been officially launched in Mintom and in Mbangassina through the publication of administrative acts. 
  • Constitution of coordination and development bodies is finalised: steering committee, multidisciplinary technical team, technical support group including definition of their roles, responsibilities, and members. 
  • As an essential prerequisite for the diagnoses and discussions in the field, base maps have also been produced (see example below).

Note: the project has recently started and is currently ongoing, further information in the upcoming months.

Mbangassina district

Mbangassina district

Mbangassina district