The Institut de Recherche pour le Développement (IRD) invites you to participate in a survey on the needs and expectations of academic and non-academic stakeholders in relation to a feasibility study to set up a Centre for Biogeosciences of the Environment (CBE) in Cameroon.
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In the Congo Basin and the Gulf of Guinea region, many socio-environmental challenges need to be addressed in order to provide answers to several of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. The challenges include mitigating climate change (within the framework of the national INDCs), adapting to its effects, conserving biodiversity, combating soil degradation and erosion, curbing the depletion of carbon stocks and various forms of pollution, limiting greenhouse gas emissions, and managing and reducing disaster risks. Meeting these challenges requires bringing together the existing scientific forces, which are real but dispersed, and associating them in a transdisciplinary approach with national and local authorities, private operators and civil society actors working in the field of the environment in order to promote the implementation of policies guaranteeing the sustainability of the ways in which natural resources are used and their greater contribution to local economies.
In order to fill the knowledge gap in Central Africa on climate change, soil erosion and degradation, deterioration of water quality, eutrophication of hydrosystems, loss of biodiversity, greenhouse gas emissions, depletion of carbon stocks and disaster risk management and reduction, it is important to federate these existing forces. This preliminary study is essential to ensure the long-term viability of the project in view of the many issues at stake, be they strategic, financial, technical, legal, partnership, etc. Moreover, it is envisaged that the CBE will host the IRD representation in Cameroon with extension of competence to Gabon, Congo and DRC and its field vehicle fleet.
The CBE will combine spaces and infrastructures for high-level research with high-performance technical platforms (geochemistry laboratory dedicated to the preparation and conditioning of samples and elementary analyses - e.g. carbon-nitrogen-phosphorus-, plant biology, geomatics and database, modelling laboratory), functional and user-friendly office spaces, storage rooms for soil, water and plant material samples, and both guesthouse and catering area. It will also include permanent environmental observation systems. The observatories are strategic and operational devices that, based on data collected over time, validated and qualified, make it possible to strengthen the link between fundamental research, innovations and operational applications.
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