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MINEP Sensitizes Public On Proper Refuse Management 

By Leocadia Bongben

The Ministry of Environment and Protection of Nature, MINEP, was part of the Agric Show for the fact that the environment is at the centre of agricultural activities. Going by the South Regional Delegate for Environment, Joachim Ndi Odoumou, agricultural activities affect the environment and vice versa. Their presence at the Agric Show Village was to pass across environmentally-friendly messages on agro-pastoral activities that could serve as basis for sustainable development.

Part of the MINEP family at the Agric Show

The Ministry presented innovations like the ameliorated fireside, solar cooking pots and solar plates. Explaining the importance of ameliorated fireside, Odoumou said it reduces wood consumption by half. "By reducing wood consumption the pressure on vegetation for cooking is equally reduced," he averred. 

Given that environmental management is based on regulation, the ministry displayed all the documentation for students, producers and the public so as to implant consciousness for the respect of the environment. Odoumou said environmental problems vary from one region to the other, reason for the demarcation of the country into four big ecological zones.

Following this demarcation, MINEP officials explained that the main problem in the north is threats of desertification with few trees and nine months drought annually. It is against this background that the Government recently intensified the Operation Green Sahel that consists of planting trees – about a million trees are said to have already been planted. In the Centre and East regions, there is the problem of deforestation, poaching and the use of chemical products for fishing.

In highland areas such the Northwest and West Regions, problems of soil degradation abound while in the Littoral, Southwest and parts of the South Regions, there are pollution problems associated with big agro-industrial outfits, as well as the destruction of mangroves. The Regional Delegate said, however, that the big problem that cuts across all the regions is the poor management of liquid and solid waste.

MINEP officials told visitors that respect for the environment is the duty of all. "The population has to be aware that when they pollute the environment, it may have an effect on children," Odoumou said.  He said when refuse is dumped into a stream, for example, that same water can be used to make local juice for children. Indirectly, the person is responsible for environmental degradation.
 

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