Presidential Decree No. 2009/410 establishing the creation, organization and functions of the National Observatory on Climate Change
The responsibilities of the ONACC are to: establish relevant climate indicators for monitoring environmental policy; carry out prospective analyses to provide a vision on climate change, to provide weather and climate data to all sectors concerned and to develop annual climate balance of Cameroon; educate and promote studies on the identification of indicators, impacts and risks of climate change; collect, analyse and provide policy makers, national and international organisations information on climate change in Cameroon; initiate activities to promote awareness on and provide information to prevent climate change; serve as operational instrument in the context of other activities to reduce greenhouse gas emissions; propose to the government preventive measures for GHG reduction as well as mitigation and/or adaptation to the adverse effects and risks of climate change; serve as an instrument for cooperation with other regional and international observatories operating in the climate sector; to facilitate the achievement of consideration to payment for ecosystem services provided by forests through the management, conservation and restoration of ecosystems; and to strengthen the capacity of institutions and bodies responsible for collecting data on climate change to create a nation-wide, reliable network for collecting and transmitting the data.
The Board of Advisers formulates general policies of the ONACC. The Board consists of following members: the President of the Republic; the Prime Minister; a representative from the relevant ministries (MINEPDED, Ministries of Forests, Finance, Technical Cooperation, Scientific Research Agriculture, Water and Energy, and Meteorology); and elected members. The Board members are appointed by Presidential Decrees. Members and the chair of the Board are appointed for the term of three year, which is renewable once.