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                   LES ATOUTS ECONOMIQUES DU CAMEROUN
Ministry of Forest and Wildlife
The Ministry of Forest and Wildlife (MINFOF) is responsible for the development, monitoring and evaluation of the national forest and wildlife policy and in particular for a sustainable exploitation of forest and wildlife resources in Cameroon...
A MORE PROMISING FOREST SECTOR
Since 2018 is an election year, the opportunity can be seized for a report on the individual busi- ness lines of this ending seven-year term of office. As regards the Ministry of Forest and Wildlife (MINFOF), during this period, there has been an increase in the contribution of the forest sector to the Gross Domestic Product (GDP). It is in the order of 3 to 4%, and in real terms, this has resulted in:
• An overall net tax contribution of more than CFA F 142.5 billion;
• The payment of CFA F 59,375,898,860 for the annual forest tax (RFA) to the municipalities of Cameroon and riparian forest communities out of a total of 115,583,822,902 since 2002;
• The creation of 11,000 additional jobs out of a total of 136,000 direct jobs;
• The stabilization in the supply of legal timber markets at around 2,300,000 m3 per year;
• The increase of forest areas under manage- ment from 5,306,932 ha in 2012 to 7,288,788 ha in 2015;
• The training of 1,634 woodworking craftsmen in wood trades (drying of the wood, manufacture of engineered wood and finishing of wooden structures) for quality local processing;
• The planting of 11,899 ha of trees as part of the reforestation operations (4,739,800 trees). As such, 1133 actors received support for an amount of 5,908,513,000 FCFA;
• Expanding protected areas at 9,504,701.01 ha against 9,088,733.07 ha in 2011 (inclu- ding 5,741,687 ha managed ones against 2,349,929 ha in 2011);
• The cumulative amount of wildlife taxes is CFA F 4,951,683,566, of which CFA F 869,570,681 has been distributed.
Besides, the State has mobilized nearly CFA Francs 15 billion for various infrastructure projects in the forest and wildlife sub-sector (construction of administrative buildings, living facilities, fores- try workstations, etc.) and several agreements were signed with local with neighbouring coun- tries for concerted management of transboundary protected areas.
EXPANDING REFORESTED LAND AREAS
The 2011-2017 period was also marked by the implementation of the three-year cycles 2012- 2015 and 2016-2018 of the Program Budget, and the continuation of the process to meet esta- blished targets for 2035 in the Growth and Employment Strategy Paper. Many MINFOF’s achievements can be highlighted, including in particular the development and renewal of forest resources, the development of timber and non- timber forest resources, the securing and enhan- cement of wildlife resources, etc.
Therefore, for example, with regard to the mana- gement and renewal of forest resources, the amount recovered from tax revenue generated by the sustainable management of forest in recent two trienniums exceeded 142.5 billion.
In forest management, the area of forests classi- fied during the first triennium increased from just over 5.3 million ha in 2012 to more than 7.2 million ha in 2015, that is an increase of 1,981 056 ha. The area of forest concessions under management during the second triennium chan- gedfrom5574600hain2015to6207060 ha in 2017, that is an increase of 632 460 ha.
For the supply of markets with legal timber, the equivalent volume of round wood (logs) placed on the market is 14,733,991, with 2,693,178 m3 in 2017;
In terms of participatory management of forest resources, annual operating permits covering an area of 36,593 ha were allocated to communal
 












































































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