Illegal logging in Cameroon: Causes and the path forward
Despite the systemic problems associated with illegal logging in Cameroon, minimal research has been undertaken to explore the reasons underlying these practices. Based on a series of interviews and analyses of relevant literature, this paper identifies the underlying causes of illegal logging in Cameroon, namely, systemic corruption, poverty, conflicts, licensing schemes, usurpation of property rights, and inadequate institutional support, and provides a path forward to potentially curb illegal logging activities in the country. It is hoped that results of this study will be used by the government of Cameroon (and other interested stakeholders) in crafting and implementing policies, plans, and programs directed at minimizing illegal logging practices.
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