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Cameroon – Forestry: Greenpeace Africa challenges the audit of the Ministry of Forests and Wildlife

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Written by Deckson N.

The non-governmental organization has reservations about the question of suspected illegal timber exported to Europe in September 2015 by the Cameroonian Commercial and Transport Company (CTT).

All the timber exported by CTT in 2016 can not be described as illegal,” reveal the conclusions of the audit conducted in June and July 2016 by the Ministry of Forests and Wildlife ( MINFOF). According to Le Quotidien de l’Économie published on November 29, 2016, the non-governmental organization Greenpeace Africa strongly disputes this conclusion. For the NGO, the mission of this MINFOF audit was to identify “all CCT sources of supply for the previous year and the current year [2016]“.

The tables provided in the MINFOF audit report all concern the year 2015 and the absence of the data for the year 2016 is not explained in spite of the stated objective. In addition, the report contains the statement Rien a Signaler (nothing to report) (RAS) for companies that are included in the list of companies that committed offenses, published in April 2016. The NGO believes that these inconsistencies impair the credibility of the report from the Audit of MINFOF.

The report also states that “most of the titles concerned, notably those of La Sibois, and SOCAMBA, were no longer operational …“. Greenpeace Africa “would like to emphasize that if a title is no longer operational, a real field investigation should have revealed illegal activities in different ways through evidence such as logging roads and abandoned logs ( Marked or not) and bearing traces of sawing “.

For Greenpeace Africa, the deficiencies and omissions in the audit report underscore the need for an independent monitoring system for forestry regulations. Such a system would, according to the NGO, remedy the shortcomings of the field survey and follow-up, give more credibility to future field surveys carried out by MINFOF and promote the voluntary partnership agreement process.

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