Country information

Basic facts on marine waters
  • Territorial sea (12 nm zone): N/A
  • Exclusive Economic Zone: approximately 15,400 km²
National projects
  • National Action Plan for the Management of Marine and Coastal Areas (2010)
  • Vulnerability to coastal flooding and response strategies: the case of settlements in Cameroon’s mangrove forests (2013)
  • Mangroves in Cameroon: inventory and management (2017)
  • Assessing climate change vulnerability and local adaptation strategies in adjacent communities of the Kribi-Campo coastal ecosystems (2018)
  • Project to develop a National Strategy on Biological Diversity
  • Project for the creation of the Kribi-Campo Marine Protected Area (EBSA) in progress
  • Project on community-based mangrove ecosystem management
  • Project related to ocean acidification
  • Cameroon’s fisheries and aquaculture research strategy
  • Project on Integrated Coastal Zone Management (ICZM) in Bakassi Peninsula
  • Project on Integrated Coastal Area Management (ICAM) in Kribi-Campo’s coastal area
  • Project for the protection of mangroves and inter-tidal species and the creation of protected areas in the coastal area

Overview of MSP related maritime uses

Current main uses:

Offshore renewable energy Shipping
Ports Oil and gas
Radars Nature conservation
Fisheries Military
Scientific research Coastal protection
Cables and pipelines Tourism and leisure

Which marine spatial plans exist?

Legal framework

The legislation under development in the field of MSP includes the following main aspects:

  • Integrated management in the marine and coastal domain
  • Appropriate allocation of marine space, including for aquaculture
  • Establishment of marine and coastal protected areas
  • Transboundary policy in the marine and coastal area
  • Sustainable management of fisheries
  • Sustainable management of mangrove ecosystems


Ministry of Scientific Research and Innovation

Mr. Prof Gilbert Lamblin Taguem Fah – Technical Adviser n°2 at the Ministry of Scientific Research and Innovation/UNESCO Focal Point

Yaoundé, Cameroon

Last updated: June 2020
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