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Illegal logging in Cameroon: Causes and the path forward


  • Alemagi, Dieudonne
  • Kozak, Robert A.


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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  • Alemagi, Dieudonne & Kozak, Robert A., 2010. "Illegal logging in Cameroon: Causes and the path forward," Forest Policy and Economics, Elsevier, vol. 12(8), pages 554-561, October.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:forpol:v:12:y:2010:i:8:p:554-561

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    1. Pranab Bardhan, 1997. "Corruption and Development: A Review of Issues," Journal of Economic Literature, American Economic Association, vol. 35(3), pages 1320-1346, September.
    2. Oyono, Phil Rene & Kouna, Charlotte & Mala, William, 2005. "Benefits of forests in Cameroon. Global structure, issues involving access and decision-making hiccoughs," Forest Policy and Economics, Elsevier, vol. 7(3), pages 357-368, March.
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