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American Role in Cameroon Wetlands Preservation - World Wetlands Day Celebration

As we mark World Wetlands Day on February 2, 2012, the United States recognizes the critical role that wetlands in Cameroon play in peoples’ livelihoods and cultures.  Wetland ecosystems provide water, food, greenhouse gas absorption, and erosion control.  Primarily through USAID’s Central Africa Regional Program for the Environment (CARPE), the U.S. has contributed more than $130m under the Congo Basin Forest Partnership since 2002 to support the conservation and sustainable use of wetland areas including the Sangha River catchment area shared by Cameroon, the Central African Republic, and the Republic of Congo.  Click here for information on this unique area:  http://carpe.umd.edu/ and www.ramsar.org.

Through the Global Environmental Fund (GEF), the U.S. will also support the conservation of about 200,000 hectares of Mangrove wetlands in Cameroon.  The Cameroon Wildlife Conservation Society, a member of The Regional Mangrove Network of Central Africa and a long-standing collaborator of CARPE will receive a portion of $1.7m in GEF funding provided to the Government of Cameroon for this project.  More information on this project is available at http://goo.gl/6REts.

This year’s World Wetlands Day will be observed with a photo celebration under the theme “Wetland Tourism: A Great Experience” [PDF-1.78MB].  Share a picture or indicate your favorite wetlands photos related to this year’s theme at http://www.flickr.com/groups/wwd2012photocelebration/ .  The photo with the most “favorites” will be announced on February 2 by the State Department Bureau of Oceans, Environment and Science.  Some illustrative pictures of CWCS activities in the Mangroves of Cameroon are included here [PDF - 450KB].

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