Sustainable Forest Managment

FOREST CONSERVATION

Cameroon has recorded significant damage to its ecosystems in the last several decade following the unsustainable use and exploitation of natural resources.Cameroon has about 22 million hectares of forestland, receding by about 100,000 hectares  per year .Deforestation is a major threat in 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. The wood demand form household energy largely exceeds the available renewable woody biomass. The fuel efficient  stoves are more energy efficient and can save between 60% and 80 % of wood fuel.

This is as a result of rapid rate of deforestation for domestic and commercial purpose, indiscriminate cutting of trees by forest exploitation companies with no operating license and little Government supervision in the forest region and certified forest areas. With about one quarter of the Cameroon’s forests managed by families and communities, resources and cost related to certification are major obstacles to expanding forest certification to the forest area currently uncertified. The status of forests, especially for forest owners in Cameroon and central African states, presents enormous challenges, reflecting the larger constraints of a lack of governance, weak policies and inadequately developed institutions. Procurement policies need to be complemented and supported by capacity-building and development initiatives if they are to fully utilize their potential to contribute to the wider challenge of increasing the Cameroon’s certified forest area, and the supplies of certified timber required.

ICENECDEV ensures the participation and inclusion of, Governments, Companies, NGOs, family and community owned forests in forest certification system through outreach education and sensitizations in schools, and local communities along the mount Cameroon forest region.

ICENECDEV educate and train village communities on forest certification, bee keeping, agroforestry, and use of fuel efficient stoves as activities to conserve the mount Cameroon forest. ICENECDEV hopes that, these village communities will grow up with awareness and an appreciate their environmental resources and they will help to transform Cameroon into a society which respect forest laws and promote environmental conservation Education. ICENECDEV seeks to heighten awareness of forest conservation among the local population especially so that issues related to forest conservation can be exposed and address by the different
stakeholders.

The government of Cameroon  is 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) .

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.