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Analyzing the Establishment of Community Forestry (CF) and Its Processes: Examples from the South West Region of Cameroon

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Type: Journal Article
Author: Movuh, Mbolo C. Yufanyi
Journal: Journal of Sustainable Development
Volume: 6
Date: 2013
URI: https://hdl.handle.net/10535/9013
Sector: Forestry
Region: Africa
Subject(s): community forestry
Abstract: "This paper reconstructs and analyzes the establishment of the Community Forestry (CF) processes in Cameroon, questioning the extent to which the CF models can act as a decentralization and devolution tool. It includes community based natural resource management through programs/projects emphasizing biodiversity conservation and sustainable forest management directly involving the local communities. Thirteen communities were explored in the South West Region (SWR) of Cameroon. Samples selection was based on information about recent activities of the communities in the CF process. From this population, a simple random selection and later quantitative and qualitative interviews were carried out with more than 70 different stakeholders through their networking and interest representation in CF. Analysis show that the CF process is centralized, slow, long, complex and expensive, making it difficult for local communities to be an active part in policy implementation. Results also confirm that decentralization and devolution for sustainable local forest governance could offer the communities an opportunity to derive livelihoods from their forests, but the models and processes have also inhibited them through centralized control of the state and its development partners. Furthermore, it shows that CF as a decentralization tool has not really functioned."

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