Yesterday, the Rainforest Foundation UK team were in the forests near Abong-Mbang, Cameroon. We spoke to six members of one local community, including the chief, about the problems they're facing in relation to the illegal exploitation of their forests. For them, the forest is their life, their livelihood. They simply can’t live without it.
Forest people like Cecile understand better than anyone how important it is to preserve the biodiversity of the rainforest. For them sustaining the forest is more than an ecological necessity – it’s an existential imperative.
In the afternoon, the team of newly-trained community observers travelled to the forest near the village to put into practice what they had learned during this week’s training.