Sustainable Forest Managment
The world has around 4 billion hectares of forest , covering 30% of the world s land area. Although tropical rainforests constitute just 5% of this land area. They play a crucial role in the maintenance of the world s environment and climate .In addition tropical forests help to generate the rainfall that stabilizes local and regional weather patterns. They sustain 40% of all life on Earth ,Forestprovides wood fuel as local energy for home consumption ,They also protect the watersheds from soil erosion, reduce severe floods, assist in the recycling of nutrients like nitrogen, carbon, and water.
- Half of all the world s medicines come from plants.
- More than 2,000 tropical rainforest plants have the potential to fight cancer
- African loses over 5 million hectares of forest every year
- InAfricafor every 28 trees cut down only one tree is replanted .
ICENECDEV implement conservation and restoration projects that slow destruction of our forestlands onmountCameroonto save our planet for the future generation. Deforestation accounts for 18%-20% of the global greenhouse gas emission including the burning of carbon rich in tropical peatlands.
The government of Cameroonis promoting sustainable forest management in collaboration with non governmental organizations such as WWF, WCS, and local communities through the enactment of Cameroon comprehensive forestry law(law number 94/01 of 20th January 1994) .
Cameroon has about 22 million hectares of forestland, receding by about 100,000 hectares per year .Deforestation is a major threat in Cameroon mangrove forests and the mountain forests of mount Cameroon as a result of increase in population pressure on the resources. According to a publication of the world bank, 98.7% of Cameroonian low income households use only fuel wood/Charcoal for cooking.
ICENECDEV is advocating and encouraging forest conservation measures like forest education ,Agro forestry, bee keeping ecotourism, use of forest saving stoves(fuel efficiency stoves or improved fuel efficient stoves are more energy efficient and can save between 60% and 80% of the wood fuel hence saving the forest, wildlife and restore the climate) in local communities in the mount Cameroon region to save and protect the mountain forest for sustainable development.This is in line with the programme of sustainable management of natural resources in the south west region coordinated by the ministry of forestry and wildlife and German Government.
In July 2011 the Waterloo Foundation UK supported ICENECDEV, on its conservation programme to save the Mount Cameroon forest.
The project activities included: training workshop on forest saving stoves (held on the 19th December 2011), excursion to the Mount Cameroon and planting at Hut 1 and New Hut FES (3rd December 2011) and tree planting.