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Timber Legality Risk Dashboard: Cameroon

By Forest Trends
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Cameroon’s forest area is estimated at 20.3 million hectares or 43 percent of the total land area. Cameroon has a long tradition of commercial logging, with the forestry sector contributing 6 percent of the country’s GDP and providing about $124 million of tax revenues to the state based on estimates for 2012. Most of Cameroon’s forest areas have been permanently designated for long-term forest production or conservation, while the rest is intended for community forestry, a concept initially introduced in the 1994 Forest Law allowing forests outside the permanent estate to be divided and managed by communities or villages. Cameroon is still in the process of revising the 1994 Forest Law, which started in 2008.