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dc.contributor.authorKehbila, A.G.
dc.contributor.authorAlemagi, D.
dc.contributor.authorMinang, Peter A.
dc.identifier.citationKehbila, A.G., Alemagi, D. & Minang, P.A. (2014). Comparative multi-criteria assessment of climate policies and sustainable development strategies in Cameroon: towards a GIS decision-support tool for the design of an optimal REDD+ strategy. Sustainability, 6(9), 6125-6140.
dc.description.abstractCameroon is committed to reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation plus conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of carbon stocks (REDD+). To achieve this goal, the government has introduced a series of policy reforms and formulated a number of key strategic planning documents to advance the REDD+ readiness process in Cameroon. This paper assesses the extent to which major cross-sectoral policies support or impede the development and implementation of an optimal REDD+ strategy in Cameroon from a comparative multi-criteria perspective. Study results reveal that a majority of the policy instruments reviewed appeared to be less prescriptive in terms of any tangible REDD+ strategy, as they do not have provisions for tangible measures to reduce deforestation and forest degradation. Given the lack of adequate flexibility, prompt review and responsiveness of these cross-sectoral policies to adapt themselves to new realities and respond to a changing environment, this paper introduces a GIS-REDD+ decision support system (GIS-REDD+DSS) that is necessary to support the adaptive element of an adaptive REDD+ strategy in Cameroon. The GIS-REDD+DSS, an electronic REDD+agri intermediary hub, serves the following purpose: (1) host a database of locally-relevant climate information, improved input technologies, best practices as well as land use and forest cover geo-spatial maps; (2) host a virtual economic tool that performs economic valuations (costs and benefits) and financial analysis of REDD+agri projects to aid investment decision-making; and (3) host an electronic marketplace to mediate any-to-any transactions among REDD+agri project developers, service providers, input suppliers, private and institutional investors and buyers (wholesalers and retailers), thereby creating value in two ways: aggregation and matching. This decision support tool, we argue, is a fundamental prerequisite for “policy and REDD+ safeguard integration” innovation that allows new scientific findings to be integrated into REDD+ strategies in a short period of time.
dc.titleComparative multicriteria assessment of climate policies and sustainable development strategies in Cameroon: towards a GIS decisionsupport tool for the design of an optimal REDD+ strategy
dc.typeJournal Article
dc.description.versionPeer Review
cg.contributor.affiliationEcoXergy Solutions Inc., Canada
cg.contributor.affiliationInternational Institute of Tropical Agriculture
cg.contributor.affiliationWorld Agroforestry Centre
cg.coverage.regionCentral Africa
cg.isijournalISI Journal
cg.authorship.typesCGIAR and advanced research institute
cg.iitasubjectClimate Change
cg.howpublishedFormally Published
cg.accessibilitystatusLimited Access

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