Community forestry and the challenge of aligning with Cameroon's green economy

Eyebe, Antoine, Endamana, Dominique, Sayer, Jeff, Perez, Manuel Ruiz, Boedhihartono, Agni Klintuni, Walters, Gretchen, Angu Angu, Kenneth, and Ngono, Louis (2011) Community forestry and the challenge of aligning with Cameroon's green economy. Nature and Faune, 26 (1). pp. 49-53.

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[Extract] Initiated more than two decades ago through forest legislations and policy reforms in Cameroon, community forestry has experienced mixed opportunities partly due to its evolution. After humble beginnings, it is now better established due to a review of the legal framework. With the demand for environmental standards, it attempts to align with the green economy. In Cameroon, the reforms aimed, among other objectives, at implementing a forestry based on people (Bigombe, undated). According to the International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO), these reforms concerned the institutional, legislative and regulatory frameworks and a new mapping of forest territories (Minsouma, 2008). The participation of local communities in forest resource management was at the centre of this reform via the introduction of decentralized forest management concepts. In its approach, community forests encompass (i) communal forests; (ii) community forests; (iii) the annual forest royalties; and (iv) community managed hunting zones (Oyono et al., 2007). One of the main expectations is to transform these efforts into a dynamic process to empower rural communities in forest resources management; this will ultimately contribute to improving their livelihood options and foster local development. This dual objective of ensuring the balance between conservation and development matches the approaches of both sustainable development and green economy. The contribution of this natural resource management model to the green economy is poorly understood.

Item ID: 19988
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISBN: 978-0-9871834-0-8
ISSN: 2026-5611
Date Deposited: 28 Feb 2012 05:10
FoR Codes: 07 AGRICULTURAL AND VETERINARY SCIENCES > 0705 Forestry Sciences > 070501 Agroforestry @ 100%
SEO Codes: 82 PLANT PRODUCTION AND PLANT PRIMARY PRODUCTS > 8201 Forestry > 820199 Forestry not elsewhere classified @ 100%
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