Changing Climates in Forest Communities of Cameroon

The Republic of Cameroon situated in Central Africa. The rural community of this country heavily dependent on their forests for everything, which start from medicinal needs or for nutrition purpose or it is used as fuel for cooking. But the important thing is they will be unable to adapt to climate change without outside help. To support communities to increase their effectiveness in adapting strategies Government can set up a meteorological observatory which will help farmers on planting season to the establishment of research and action programmes.

The Congo basin is the second largest tropical rainforest in the world after the Amazon. Covering almost 228 million hectares and it also represents somewhat 20 percent of the world’s tropical forest. And another interesting news is these forests covers a total land area of 60 percent central Africa covering six countries such as Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Central African Republic and Republic of Congo.

A project was developed in 2008 by CIFOR (Centre for International Forestry Research’s) to increase public and policy awareness about the effect of relying so heavily on animal and plant products. These products come from the second largest continuous tropical rainforest in the world. Using these products unwisely can affect the natural balance of this country as well as they might face a shortage of natural resources in near future.

One of the authors of a paper called “Forest policy and Economics” named Denis Sonwa formed a team for monitoring the factors of energy derived from fuel wood. They are pretty concerned on production and consumption of charcoal and meanwhile interviewing everyone related to the whole process starting producers, transporters and consumers to find out how it affecting their activities and environment.

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