The Ministry of Environment, Protection of Nature and Sustainable Development signed and transmited to FEICOM, its first ever Certificate of Environmental Compliance, on 11 January 2018 11.
This certificate is specifically for the heavy public works equipment pool project that is to be realized in Mfou, one of the five sites earmarked for the programme.
Worthy to note, is that Terms of References for the environmental and social impact assessment were drafted by FEICOM and approved by MINEPDED for the five project sites. Tenders documents were prepared and two consultants selected; Ets CERBAT for the Mfou and Tiko project sites, while Ets BRETCAM and Ets GEST got into a joint venture and were granted the contracts for the Maroua III, Mandjou and Koutaba project sites.
Environmental studies of the Mfou site happened to be the first to be completed, and the report forwarded to MINEPDED for approval. As stipulated by the procedures in place, the ministry convened the interministerial committee for environment and sustainable development to examine and delibrate on this report. It was therefore based on their recommendations that this report was approved and FEICOM, granted its first-ever Environmental Compliance Certificate (ECC).
An Environmental Compliance Certificate is a document certifying that based on the representations of the proponent, the proposed project or undertaking will not cause significant negative environmental and social impacts. The ECC contains specific measures and conditions that the project proponent has to undertake before and during the operation of the project to mitigate identified environmental impacts. The ECC also certifies that the proponent has complied with all relevant national environmental requirements and is committed to implement its approved Environmental Management Plan.
At present, reports of similar studies for the Maroua III, Mandjou and Koutaba project sites are completed pending transmition to MINEPDED for approval. An identical assessment is about to take off for the Tiko project site.
NJONG Brendan BANYE