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Cameroon

Explore historical and projected climate data, climate data by sector, impacts, key vulnerabilities and what adaptation measures are being taken. Explore the overview for a general context of how climate change is affecting Cameroon.

Country Context

Cameroon is situated on the western central coast of Africa along the Gulf of Guinea, extending north to Lake Chad. Cameroon’s geography is quite diverse with low-lying coastal plains rising inland to high plateaus, and mountain ranges stretching along its northwestern border with Nigeria. This variety affords Cameroon with three main climatic regions: southern equatorial forests, central grasslands, and the northern semi-arid, Sahelian region. It boasts an array of natural resources: oil, gas, high value timber species, minerals, and agricultural products (e.g. coffee, cotton, cocoa, maize, and cassava). 70% of Cameroon’s inhabitants are employed by agricultural and pastoral activities. Around 40% of Cameroonians are in poverty with chronic poverty encapsulating 26% of the population. Compared to other nations in this region of Africa with similar economic characteristics, these percentages are high. 

In June 2015, Cameroon validated a National Adaptation Plan for Climate Change (PNACC) which includes, among other things, an assessment of climate change in each of the five agro-ecological zones, an assessment of the sensitivity, vulnerability and sectoral and geographic resilience, a 2016-2025 intervention strategy, an assessment of losses, risks and shortcomings, a five-year action plan for 2016-2020 broken down into 20 detailed project files. Cameroon ratified the Paris Agreement on July 29, 2016 and the associated Intended Nationally Determined Contribution can be found here

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Climate Data

Historical Trends

The section provides access to historical climate datasets for both temperature and precipitation from 1900 to 2016.

Projected Trends

The section provides access to future climate datasets for both temperature and precipitation and their statistical derivatives for various timeframes and emission scenarios from 2020 to 2099.

The section provides access to future climate datasets for both temperature and precipitation and their statistical derivatives for various timeframes and emission scenarios from 2020 to 2099.

Climate by Sector

This section contains information from multiple climate indicators and indices relevant for key economic sectors. Simple narratives can help you interpret and extract summaries of potential climate change impacts at the sector level.

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Vulnerability

This section allows you to explore the susceptibility of livelihoods and natural systems to impacts from climate variability and change and facilitate the exploration of socioeconomic and development data and its relationships with natural hazards vulnerable areas.

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Impacts

This section allows you to explore the climate information from multiple climate indicators and present them with simple, embedded interpretation for an informative, high-level summary of the potential for future climate change impacts on key socioeconomic sectors.

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Adaptation

This section helps you grasp key national adaptation policies and reports, explore options for key sectors, and understand current adaptation gaps and needs for enhanced climate smart planning.

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