Cameroon

Cameroon
Population

Population

22000000 people
Country Size

Country size

47000000 hectares
Forest Cover

Forest cover

20000000 hectares
  • Approximately 40 per cent of Cameroon is forested. Yet more than three million hectares of Cameroon’s forests have been cleared since 1990 – an area approximately the size of Belgium.
  • The forest area is now coming under intense pressure from new foreign investment in mining, agriculture and associated infrastructure development. In addition, the lack of social benefits generated has been a recurring theme in recent evaluations of forest sector development programmes over the past decade.
  • Indigenous peoples suffer additional rights violations because of endemic discrimination against them.
  • Working here since 1996.

Projects in this country

Real-time Monitoring

Real-time Monitoring

Real-time community-based monitoring is a tool that connects local people with national law enforcement in an effort to stop illegal logging and deforestation. Using our bespoke ForestLink system, for...

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Sustainable Conservation

Sustainable Conservation

Conservation policy and practice has historically failed to take into account forest and indigenous peoples' rights and needs. In so doing, it has also failed to protect forests and biodiversity. ...

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Mapping For Rights

Mapping For Rights

Mapping For Rights is an award-winning, interactive community map project for the Congo Basin, which started in November 2011 and is ongoing. By highlighting the presence of otherwise 'invisible' i...

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Challenging Palm Oil

Challenging Palm Oil

With our work on palm oil in the Congo Basin we aim to highlight that large-scale development projects must not overshadow forest peoples’ rights and environmental sustainability. In other parts of...

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Land Use Planning

Land Use Planning

Through a participatory land use planning programme, we are supporting rainforest communities in Cameroon and Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to achieve long-term, sustainable development by gainin...

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Partners

AJESH

AJESH

AJESH (Ajemalibu Self Help) is a civil society organisation founded on June 4, 2006. AJESH are located in Nyasoso, Cameroon and work with local and indigenous communities in the South West region. RFUK's partnership with AJESH began in 2014 and together we have worked on issues including: participatory mapping, land and resource rights of forest peoples, and land planning (zoning, land reform).

APED

APED

APED (Appui pour la Protection de l’Environnement et le Développement) are located in Kribi, Cameroon and work with local and indigenous communities in the South forest region. APED aims to improve the living conditions of forest communities and the conservation of natural resources. APED's partnership behan in 2014 and together we are working on the following issues: participatory mapping, land and resource rights of forest peoples, and processes related to land planning (zoning, land reform).

APIFED

APIFED

APIFED (Appui à l’autopromotion et l’insertion des femmes, des jeunes et des désœuvrés) are located in Djoum, Cameroon. APIFED aims to contribute to improving the socio-economic position of vulnerable groups, working with local and indigenous communities mostly in the region of Djoum. RFUK's partnership with APIFED began in 2014 and together we are working on issues including: participatory mapping, land and resource rights of forest peoples, and processes related to land planning (zoning, land reform).

CED

CED

CED (Centre pour l'Environnement et le Développement) are located in Yaoundé, Cameroon. They aim to contribute to the protection of rights, interests, culture and claims of local and indigenous forest communities of Central Africa, through the promotion of environmental justice and sustainable management of natural resources. RFUK's partnership with CED began in 1999, and we have previously worked with them on projects including participatory mapping, sustainable conservation, and legal capacity building with local communities.

FODER

FODER

FODER (Forêts et Développement Rural) are located in Yaoundé, Cameroon and work with forest communities in the country, with a focus on monitoring forest activities, corruption and governance. FODER's mission is to create an enabling environment for sustainable development.