The pioneer coordinator of the just created Parliamentary Network for Circular Economy in Cameroon has pledged to extend the life cycles of the economy and create a foundation based on the principle of “zero waste to landfills”
There is an emerging consensus that the circular economy solution is crucial to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals deadline in the 2030 agenda.
The floods that recently hit Yaounde, Douala, Maroua and other parts of the country underscore the need for proper waste management and sustainable urban development.
However, there are some challenges in scaling up Circular Economy approach in Cameroon.
Limited institutional and regulatory capacities, limited access to funding, uneven access to technology and reliance on resource-intensive industries could be cited as examples.
The pioneer Coordinator of PANCEC, Hon. Ngala Gerard Ndombang is aware of the challenges and has resolved to reverse the trend.
Focus will be on addressing the management of industrial and household waste in the country, presently characterised by poor collection and improper disposal to landfills
“Our network on Circular Economy acknowledges that some persons and moral persons have been working in that direction informally. The network is here to accompany them by making concrete proposals to policy makers, governments and the Head of State for the putting in place of an effective legislation to guide their activities and to organize and regulate the sector in Cameroon” Hon. Ngala Gerald told News Upfront reporters.
This according to him will not only raise awareness on the importance of proper waste management, but will encourage investors to venture in promoting Circular Economy and create employments and improve the Well-being of Cameroonians.
“Implementing Circular Economy is a springboard for more jobs in Cameroon, it addresses environmental degradation and is a win-win scenario” he continued.
Speaking Thursday September 03, 2020 in Yaounde while presenting the network to the public, Hon. Ngala Gerard indicated that waste is an abundant resource.
“We shall reporpose products, by disassembling, refurbishing and re-using them”
PANCEC will not work alone, fruitful partnerships with transformation plants, councils, Government will go a long way to raise awareness on this new type of economy that is healthy and environmental friendly.