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Valorizing Bamboo for Climate Change Mitigation and Adaption: Legal and Policy Appraisal from Cameroon

Gideon Fosoh Ngwome, Frankline Nghobuoche


This paper showcases the potential that bamboo holds in contributing to the fight against climate change both in terms of mitigation and adaptation. Drawing on relevant primary and secondary sources, the article applies content analysis and doctrinal research methods to demonstrate the suitability of bamboo in enhancing climate change mitigation and adaptation (CCMA) action in Cameroon. Based on such suitability, the article critical assesses the legal and policy opportunities for promoting bamboo-based CCMA actions in Cameroon. The analysis reveals that bamboo is still underdeveloped in Cameroon despite its versatility in providing crucial socio-cultural, economic, ecological and more importantly, climate services. The reason why this potential is still untapped in Cameroon especially within the framework of combatting climate change is because relevant legal and policy instruments which are the springboards for climate action have not adequately captured and promoted bamboo for its CCMA values. Consequently, the necessary legal and policy impetus for bamboo-based CCMA actions to take root in Cameroon is weak. The paper concludes with a recommendation that the Cameroonian government revise and update its existing CCMA policy instruments to capture and promote bamboo-based CCMA actions, in line with international CCMA policy guidance.

Ph.D, Environmental Law, Lecturer, Faculty of Laws and Political Science, University of Yaounde II, Cameroon. For Correspondence: <>. Ph.D, Geography, University of Yaounde I, Cameroon. For Correspondence: <>


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