Natural resource issues
Cameroon is rich in forest and natural resources, and about 70% of the population depend on agriculture and natural resources to survive. The forest area is divided up into zones, and forest communities only have access to land and forest resources in small areas around the periphery. In addition, corruption and mismanagement are endemic, and there is increased pressure on forest lands from interest in industrial-scale agriculture and mining.
Civil society in Cameroon and its challenges
Cameroon probably has the longest-established and most diverse civil society in the area. In particular, Cameroonian organisations have developed capacity around working with communities and indigenous people on community forest management. They still face challenges: difficulties in leadership and management, identifying sustainable and dependable sources of income, and developing strategic responses to the problems faced by the communities they support.
Well Grounded in Cameroon
Well Grounded’s situation in Cameroon is different from that in the other countries in which we work, because we have an office in-country. We are currently working actively with some organisations in Cameroon, and we are exploring with others how we can contribute to the national dynamic.