Cameroon Tribune (Yaoundé)

5 May 2006

Cameroon: WWF, Government To Supervise Forest Management

A protocol agreement signed last weekend defines areas of synergy.

The government of Cameroon and the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), will soon put in place a Commission to follow up and supervise sustainable forest use at the national level and a technical Commission at each site. This is one of the major outcomes of the protocol agreement the government signed with the authorities of the WWF Central African Office in Yaounde last April 28. The Minister of Forest and Wildlife, Egbe Achuo Hillman signed on behalf of the government while Laurent Some signed for WWF Central African Office.

Speaking during the ceremony, the WWF representative specified that through the agreement, his organization and the government will join their efforts and work in a complementary manner to ensure the proper implementation of the government's forest and environment sector programme. The protocol agreement necessitates more consultation, trust, action, engagement and follow up from both parties. Their synergy created in the protocol agreement will cover areas such as sustainable forest management and certification, management of protected and conservation areas, community management of forest and fauna resources, capacity building, training and research. They will also work together to improve the policy, regulation and institutional framework and develop new mechanisms to finance conservation and the durable use of resources.

Minister Egbe Achuo Hillman said the protocol agreement will ensure an effective and efficient management of the country's forest resources. He stated the government's wish to establish such partnerships with NGOs, stating that henceforth, WWF will carry out its activities in a more secured judiciary framework. The government, he assured will put at the disposal of WWF all facilities provided for in the agreement.

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