Cameroon has some 19 million hectares of dense tropical forest, just below 40% of the total land area.
Deforestation has been on the rise, causing the loss of between 40 000 to 80 000 hectares of primary forest annually between 2015 and 2018.
Planned deforestation drivers include:
- Government agricultural programmes including biofuel crops
- Agro-industry expansion of crops including palm oil and rubber
- Infrastructure developments including railways connecting mining areas to deep-sea ports, hydroelectric dams and related electricity networks
- Legal mining and logging operations
Unplanned deforestation drivers include:
- Small-scale subsistence and cash crop agriculture such as cocoa
- Informal logging and mining operations
Cameroon is a Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF) Country Participant and a UN-REDD Programme Partner Country. It is also involved in the Central African Forest Initiative (CAFI).
EU REDD Facility work in Cameroon
We work with Cameroonian institutions and stakeholders to reinforce the implementation of the 2011 land-use planning Law with appropriate methodologies and tools.
Our focus is on enabling sustainable land-use investment and management through supporting the implementation of Cameroon’s first official municipal-level land-use plans.
Cameroon has some 19 million hectares of dense tropical forest by EU REDD Facility
Enabling sustainable land use
We also work alongside the Ministry of Economy, Planning and Regional Development (MINEPAT) to implement the 2011 land-use planning Law at municipal level.
Having facilitated the development of the methodology dedicated to local land-use management and sustainable development plans (PLADDT), we are supporting the design of Cameroon’s first two PLADDTs, in close collaboration with the Green Commodity Landscape Programme developed by IDH and WWF and using the Facility’s Land-use Planner, among other tools.
Cameroon's FLEGT Voluntary Partnership Agreement (VPA)
Cameroon has signed a VPA with the EU. The VPA entered into force in December 2011 and Cameroon and the EU are now overseeing the implementation of the Agreement.
Cameroon is developing the systems needed to control, verify and license legal timber.
For more information, see the Cameroon page on the EU FLEGT Facility's website.
Forest Carbon Partnership Facility: Cameroon
Ministry of Forestry and Wildlife: MINFOF
Central African Forest Initiative: Cameroon