The Centre for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) through its “Governance of Multifunctional Landscapes in Sub-Saharan Africa: Management of Social and Ecological Impacts” (GML) project Friday April 23, launched a campaign for the planting of 100,000 trees within the Okola and Evodoula communities under the patronage of the Ministry of Forestry and Wildlife (MINFOF).
The campaign will contribute to the sustainable management of value chains of wood-energy with a view to ameliorating the living conditions of the populations with particular interest accorded to the restoration of degraded landscapes.
The initiative is in line with the government’s strategy of developing forestry plantations and the restoration of degraded landscapes, adopted in 2019.
According to Abdon Awono, the Coordinator of the GML project in Cameroon, “the objective is not that of only planting trees, but also to help trees grow.”
“It is because of that, that we are helping communities, with the support of the councils, to take over the initiative towards which they would contribute through an agroforestry system that would permit them to farm on the sites where the trees have been planted and to maintain the trees at the same time.”
Salomon Belinga, the Chief of the Regeneration, Afforestation and Silviculture unit in the Ministry of Forestry and Wildlife, thanked and encouraged CIFOR to “continue with similar initiatives which are an important way of fighting against deforestation in Lekie division.”
The next step would be to enable local communities to copy the initiative under the guidance of partners and to extend it to other councils in the Lekie division and elsewhere in the country.