Towards Sustainable Forest Management: A Case Study of Cameroon’s Forest Industry

Dr. Dieudonne Alemagi

The Cameroon forest industry is an example of a post-colonial model that is in drastic need of reform. While forests of the Congo Basin are vast and contain high value tropical trees, many logging companies in the country are currently operating unsustainably. Additionally, about 98% of the country´s forests are publicly held and it is oftentimes illegal for forest dependent host communities to extract timber and non-timber forest products from these forests. This has created a situation that perpetuates abject poverty together with violent conflicts in these communities. Furthermore, timber extraction from Cameroon’s tropical rain forest by these logging companies is unsustainable from an ecological standpoint. This research aims to analyze the current impasse that is occurring between these communities, the logging companies and the government, and in so doing, prescribe alternative strategies for forest management that are both sustainable and equitable.

Funded by: Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) Postdoctoral Fellowship