Cameroon: Select mangrove laws

A variety of laws and decrees impact mangrove management and protection in Cameroon. Some are highlighted below.

Decree no. 2015/1373/pm of 8 june 2015 to lay down rules for exercising some powers transferred by the State to councils on environment, Article 6, 8-9 (obligation to preserve wetlands)

Law no. 98/005 of 14 april 1998 to lay down regulations governing water resources, Article 2(water is a common resource), 4-9 (water catchment protections), Ch. 2 (criminal liability)

Law no. 96/12 of 05 august 1996 relating to environmental management, Articles 5(right to a sound environment, obligation towards ecosystems), 6(public environmental education), 7(right to be informed and compensated for environmental harm), 25(continental waters are public property), 27 (obligation to protect floodplains), 32, 43 (polluter pays principle), 35(protection of coasts, banks, lakes), 94(obligation to protect mangroves); see also articles regarding liability for environmental crimes, including Article 29-30, 44, 80, 82, 83

Law No.94/01 of 20 January 1994 to lay down forestry, wildlife and fisheries regulations, Articles 18 (dumping restrictions), 19-20 (protections for permanent forests)

Date of the Resource: 
2020
Countries and Regions: Sub-Saharan Africa Cameroon
Resource Type: Laws
Resource Topic: Wetlands Mangroves
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