17 April 2006

Cameroon: ANAFOR-IUCN to Develop Forest Plantations

A collaboration agreement was signed last week in Yaounde between the two organisations.

Four areas of interest will henceforth mark the collaboration between the National Forestry Development Agency (ANAFOR) and the World Conservation Union (IUCN). A collaboration agreement was last Tuesday, April 11, signed to that effect.

According to the terms of the agreement, the two organisations will work together to support all efforts on the sustainable development and management of forest plantations in Cameroon. The collaboration will essentially cover four areas: sustainable management of community and private forestry plantations, capacity building, research and mobilisation of finances, and communication.

As far as sustainable management of community and private forestry plantations is concerned, the action of the two partners will consist in: supporting the putting in place the national reforestation programme, promoting the national programme for the development of community and private forestry plantations, supporting studies of the needs of the population, and updating statistics on forestry plantations in Cameroon among others.

The implementation of such a programme will necessitate the training of actors in the sector. The two organisations have equally agreed to carry out capacity building programmes in that light. They will above all jointly look for funding from finance development partners in order to better implement the programme. Finally, ANAFOR and IUCN will develop an information programme on the activities on the field and the results obtained.

Signing on behalf of ANAFOR was, the General Manager of the agency, Nguele Dieudonné Tolo. In the same vein, Daniel Ngantou, Regional Director of IUCN for Central Africa, signed for his organisation.

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