New community forest for Baka of Mboli | WWF Cameroon

New community forest for Baka of Mboli



Posted on 12 February 2019
Baka welcome community forest with excitement
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Indigenous Baka people of Mboli Village in eastern Cameroon will henceforth manage and use revenue accruing from their own community forest for their development. This follows the granting of their request to acquire and manage a 5000 hectare forest. The Association for the Development of Baka of Mboli (ADBAM) submitted the request to the Ministry of Forests and Wildlife (MINFOF) in April 2018. 

A favourable decision by MINFOF in November 2018 also granted a temporary convention that permits the community to exploit 400 hectares of the forest for two years (200 hectares per year). Revenue generated from the exploitation of the timber and non-timber forest products of the 400 hectares will be used to fund principally studies for the elaboration of a simple management plan and an environmental impact assessment.
 
15,000 ha obtained for Baka
The community forest, situated at the peripheries of Boumba Bek and Lobeke national parks in the district of Salapoumbe in the Boumba and Ngoko Division, will benefit some 250 Baka.
This brings to three the number of community forests wholly managed by Baka. Two others are managed by Baka of Yenga and Mambele under the banner of the Association for the Development of Baka of Yenga and Mambele (ASDEBYM), and Assoumdele II Village.

Thanks to support provided by WWF and partners, four Baka communities in the East Region of Cameroon have obtained 15000 hectares of forest, which they have the right to exploit for their development.
“Considering the community forest is located between two national parks; Boumba bek and Lobeke, it will reduce the pressure exerted on these protected areas,” states Alphonse Ngniado, WWF Senior Forest Officer.
“This will also promote participatory and sustainable forest management as well as local development and poverty reduction,” he adds.

The acquisition of a new community forest for Baka is the fallout of a Swedish Postcode Lottery (PKL) Project being implemented by WWF and Plan International Cameroon, aimed to improve the socio-economic conditions of Baka in 10 villages in the East Region of Cameroon.
Baka welcome community forest with excitement
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