Cameroon is located in the Central Africa Region (CAR), Africa.
Size of country:
47 million hectares
Area of forest cover:
Around 20 million hectares
What are the main threats to /issues relating to forest communities and lands in this country?
- Land and resource related conflicts are commonplace throughout the region and wealth redistribution, whether through tax receipts or as direct development assistance to communities, has been piecemeal.
- The lack of social benefits generated has been a recurring theme in recent evaluations of forest sector development programmes over the past decade
- The concept of community forests was first introduced in the Congo Basin in the 1994 Cameroon Forest Code, providing a legal basis for communities to manage their local forests. However communities’ ability to apply for and manage their customary lands for their own wellbeing has been severely limited
- The forest area is now coming under intense pressure from new foreign investment in mining, agriculture and associated infrastructure development
- Indigenous peoples suffer additional rights violations because of endemic discrimination against them.
What are the main objectives of our work in this country?
- To contribute to poverty reduction, sustainable management and improved governance of tropical rainforests in the Congo Basin
- To improve the rights of forest communities and indigenous peoples
- To increase representation and capacity of forest communities and indigenous peoples
How many communities are we working with in this country?