Environmental Protection : Profiling the Inter-Regional Committee for Drought Control in the North

Oumarou Elie is the new Assistant Executive Secretary of the Inter-Regional Committee for Drought Control in the North. He was  appointed by a Presidential decree on November 5, 2019. 

The Inter-Regional Committee for Drought Control in the North is a public technical institution that fights the effects of drought and desertification in the three Northern regions; Adamawa, Far North and North regions.

It was created in 1975, but reorganized by a Presidential decree No 2019/16 of on April 2, 2019 , with headquarters in Garoua.

A twelve- man Board of Directors oversees the autonomous legal structure, equipped with an Executive Secretariat.

In case of the need for new branches, the Board of Directors approves the creation of new branches in other localities within the Northern regions.

The structure is placed under the technical supervision of the Ministry of the Environment, Nature Protection and Sustainable Development , and the financial tutorship of the Finance Ministry.

Job description of the Inter-Regional Committee for Drought Control In the North

The main objective of the Inter-Regional Committee for Drought Control in the North is to combat the effects of droughts and desertification.

Nonetheless , specific assignments are ;

# Fighting against the misuse of firewood by promoting alternative energy sources

# Developing the reforested perimeters

# Ensuring synergy and coordination of all actions against drought and desertification in the Northern regions

# To carry out all studies and surveys , and present adequate measures to combat the effects of drought and desertification to the government

# As the supervisor of the management of specific operations, the structure combats drought and desertification in the Northern regions

# Fighting against climate change

# To develop nurseries for the production of plants adapted to the ecology of its area of specialty

# To provide technical support to the local authorities’ initiative against drought and desertification

# To carry out any other task entrusted to the structure by the government in relation to its objectives

The Inter-Regional Committee for the Control of Droughts also receives all reports and development documents issued by public services, regional body-groupings, and enterprises operating in Northern regions.

In carrying out its assignments , the committee is expected to work closely with decentralised local authorities and other bodies responsible for promoting sustainable forest management and regeneration.

Kathy Neba Sina 

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