As Cameroon prepares for the African Cup of Nations, trees fall


YAOUNDE (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Cameroon has cut thousands of hectares of forest to build stadiums, hotels, roads and housing to host the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations – a move that could lead to worsening urban flooding and droughts, the country’s environmental groups warn.

A view of a football stadium under construction in Yaounde, Cameroon, for the African Cup of Nations in 2019, March 22, 2018. Thomson Reuters Foundation/Elias Ntungwe Ngalame

“Cameroon’s ability to host the 2019 Africa football Cup of Nations depends on the availability of adapted modern infrastructure,” said Oumarou Tado, secretary general of Cameroon’s Ministry of Sports and Physical Education.

“It is regrettable that many of these new projects have led to vast deforestation – but we had to meet the…

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