By Annie Babelle Odounlami
Cameroon’s technical and financial implementation of the Integrated Programme for Development and Adaptation to Climate Change in the Niger Basin, PIDACC, for the year 2021, stands at zero percent and 0,4 percent, respectively.
The information is contained in a data sheet made public during an audience granted Abderahim Bireme Hamid, Executive Secretary of the Niger Basin Authority, ABN, by the Minister of the Economy, Planning and Regional Development, MINEPAT, Alamine Ousmane Mey, on September 17, in Yaounde.
According to the data sheet, the main difficulties behind the non-realisation of the project in Cameroon are the non-signing of the agreements with the Green Climate Fund (Grant and Loans), which bear the operating costs.
Also, the delay in processing the documents submitted for comments and no objection to the African Development Bank, AfDB; the delay in carrying out audits of the programme’s accounts leading to suspension of disbursements, do account for the non-realisation of the project.
Furthermore, “the absence of GEF funds for the implementation of field activities, the health situation linked to the global pandemic of COVID-19, which called into question the essential planning of the activities and the delay in the acquisition of rolling stocks and communication tools,” equally went a long way to hamper the implementation of the project this year.
Likewise, the delay in the implementation of management tools, like administrative, financial and accounting procedures manuals and monitoring and evaluation of the PIDACC, also delayed its implementation, though in its third phase.
Talking to the press, Abderahim Bireme Hamid said; “… we came to report and thereafter we also exchanged on the projects that are supported by ABN here in Cameroon and, at the same time, we received from him the necessary directives and orientations to allow us to push forward our success which is the Niger Basin Authority.”
The two main common difficulties faced by all nine members of the Niger Basin in the implementation of the PIDACC project comprise of the novel coronavirus pandemic and the problem of cash flow tensions which do not always allow States to mobilise their contributions in the shortest time possible.
The project is geared towards building experts’ capacity from member countries for the sustainable management of groundwater resources. Thus, within the framework of the implementation of this project, Cameroon benefits from capacity building via training its experts.
The project, thus, has a duration of three years and is articulated around two axes of interventions which are; the regional monitoring network in the whole basin and the continuation of the activities in the piloted areas with an emphasis on the sustainability of the results.