The coverage of protected areas (PAs) is an indicator recommended by the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) to its parties for tracking progress towards the 2010 target to halt biodiversity loss. Data from the World Database on Protected Areas and other sources show that 10.6 percent (5 million hectares) of the area of Cameroon is covered by PAs. Of these, 45 percent (2.2 million hectares) of PAs coverage were designated after Cameroon signed the CBD. National parks cover 3.1 million hectares corresponding to 61 percent of the area protected with 11 of the 20 parks classified under IUCN category II. Forest and wildlife reserves comprise 940 242 and 869 428 hectares or 18 percent and 17 percent of land protected respectively. Nationally, Cameroon has invested efforts in attaining the Convention's target regarding PAs coverage and is equally involved with the creation of trans-boundary PAs.
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