Cameroon like other countries, in particular, developing countries is confronted with the arduous task of building a prosperous economy and ameliorating the living standards of its people. The quest for development produces adverse consequences on the environment. EIA as a planning and management tool is employed to ensure that proposed projects, plans or programmes that are likely to have a significant adverse effect on the environment are avoided or mitigated or the positive impacts are enhanced. This paper explores Cameroon’s EIA legal regime and procedures with a view to determine the extent to which the regulatory framework facilitates the actualisation of the benefits associated with EIA.
Development, environmental protection, impact assessment, legislation, public participation.