Cities in Cameroon and Kenya have taken remarkable strides toward securing a sustainable energy future by formally signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Covenant of Mayors in Sub-Saharan Africa (CoM SSA) in June and August 2023, respectively. These formal agreements outline the terms of cooperation between the cities and CoM SSA's partner, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), to establish a collaborative framework for exploring alternative energy sources through the Urban Smart Energy (USE) process and focusing on nature-based solutions (NbS) for climate adaptation.Read more
A critical part of a city completing its Sustainable Energy Access and Climate Action Plan (SEACAP) is communicating its plans and actions to different audiences in order to raise awareness and gather support for action implementationRead more
Among the objectives of the climate plan, the city intends to strengthen its resilience to climate change in the most affected sectors such as agriculture, reduce its overall projected emissions by 25%, and extend household access to electricity to 90% by significantly increasing the production of renewable energy.Read more
Glasgow, Scotland (9 November 2021): Today, the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy (GCoM) was awarded the Gulbenkian Prize for Humanity during a ceremony held at the COP26 conference along with 1M Euro to finance projects in sub-Saharan Africa.Read more
CoM SSA signatories exchanged on how they are using the development process of their Sustainable Energy Access and Climate Action Plans (SEACAPs) to not only address issues of climate change and lack of access to sustainable energy, but also to inform the public about them.Read more
Faced with the adverse impacts of climate change, including increasing temperatures and irregular rainfall, the City of Garoua in Cameroon is committed to taking climate action, with support from the Covenant of Mayors in Sub-Saharan Africa (CoM SSA). The city is in the process of completing its Sustainable Energy Access and Climate Action Plan (SEACAP), having finalised its baseline reports.Read more
Terms of Reference for a professional photographer/videographer to take high-quality photo and video footage for four CoM SSA signatory local governments. Bids due: 25 August 2021.Read more
CoM SSA signatories recently met online to share their successes and challenges in collecting data for their SEACAPs. Traditional knowledge and engagement with national government were highlighted as key considerations to compiling useful, robust data sets.Read more
Through working with CoM SSA and local partners, Garoua is taking its first steps towards tackling climate change and energy access challenges by understanding the specific impacts climate change is already having on the city and its residents.Read more
CoM SSA is working with a local partner in Cameroon, contributing to turn political commitments to fight against climate change into concrete action.Read more
Garoua’s Sustainable Energy Access and Climate Action Plan (SEACAP) is the culmination of a two-years process led by the City Council and the three subdivisional councils (Garoua I, II and III) with the support of GIZ, ICLEI Africa and Help Community.
Without climate action, Garoua’s GHG emissions will likely increase by 40% in the next decade. By 2030, the city plans to reduce its overall projected emissions by 25%, but such reduction is only possible if action is taken by the highest emitters.
With approx. 350,000 inhabitants, Garoua is the third most populated city in Cameroon. The population is growing at an annual rate of 2.8% due to high birth rates and an influx of migrants from neighboring countries, particularly Chad and Nigeria.
Business in Garoua are already feeling the impact of climate change and limited access to energy, from profit losses due to droughts to difficulties accessing markets during floods.
Local governments in Sub-Saharan Africa are key actors in mitigating and adapting to climate change. Therefore, Garoua (Cameroon) has developed a Sustainable Energy Access and Climate Action Plan (SEACAP) to define the strategies, plans and actions that the City Council and the three subdivisional councils (Garoua I, II and III) are taking together towards sustainable development and lower greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.
While Garoua is taking climate action at the city level, its citizens can also help it become greener, healthier and more resilient to climate change.
The ‘sparkling city’ has identified concrete actions in several areas (agriculture, livestock and fisheries; environment, diversity and forests; and water and health) to be better prepared for the effects of climate change now and minimize future damage to its citizens and the economy.
Currently, 65% of households in Garoua have access to electricity, but – due to power cuts – even on-grid households are still without electricity for 134 days a year.