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Cameroon – Forestry: 75% of Cameroon’s timber sold illegally

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Written by Deckson N.

Each year, the State loses billions of FCFA because of the illegal marketing of its wood.

In order to prevent uncontrolled deforestation, invaluable fraud in the cut and the illegal sale of wood, Yaounde recently hosted a workshop to launch projects of strengthening of legality in the domestic timber market. Indeed, 75% of Cameroon’s timber is illegally sold in its domestic market, reports the paper L’Anecdote of Wednesday, October 19, 2016.

Also, during this consultation, which brought together members of the Ministry of Forests and Wildlife (MINFOF), as well as professionals in the wood sector, was discussed to consider setting up a mechanism system verification of the legality of timber from community forests, says the weekly. Thus it was proposed that a checkup be made at two levels.

There will firstly verify the legality of the forestry entities that will legally assign a title wood; and secondly, checking the question of the legality of timber, that is to say, the trace of the timber of the operating area to marketing area, “says Ghislain Fomou, Programme manager of natural resources management.

The meeting also provided the framework for educating timber actors on the challenges, issues and legal opportunities of the domestic timber market. In the same vein, it was to capitalize on potential collaborations to strengthen axes of the said actors. Especially that “illegal logging is the source of several evils. Including looting of forest resources due to lack of rationalization, diversion of state revenues which contributes to economic development and lost the state several billion CFA francs, “noted Vincent Ndangang, Inspector at the MINFOF.

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