Use and misuse of forest income by rural community in Cameroon

Lescuyer Guillaume, Ngoumou Mbarga Hubert, Bigombe Logo Patrice. 2008. Use and misuse of forest income by rural community in Cameroon. Forests, Trees and Livelihoods, 18 (3) : pp. 291-304.

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Abstract : Since 1996, Cameroon has been redistributing a share of Annual Forest Royalties (AFF) to villages/communities, with the aim of increasing rural people¿s standards of living. However, its application has been widely criticized. Our study is based on a sample of nine communities in the Cameroon forest belt. We found that: - a significant part of AFF does not reach communities; - 3 villages out of 9 add other incomes to AFF payments in order to carry out collective investments; and - 3 other villages were able to justify the complete use of their AFF. This relative success in the establishment of a decentralized mechanism for forest income management indicates the need for strengthening the capabilities of communities in order to guarantee endogenous development. (Résumé d'auteur)

Mots-clés Agrovoc : forêt tropicale, Incitation, Politique forestière, Développement rural, Communauté rurale, Gestion des ressources, Niveau de vie, Subvention, Utilisation

Mots-clés géographiques Agrovoc : Cameroun

Classification Agris : E14 - Development economics and policies
P01 - Nature conservation and land resources
E50 - Rural sociology
K01 - Forestry - General aspects

Champ stratégique Cirad : Axe 5 (2005-2013) - Politiques publiques, pauvreté et inégalités

Auteurs et affiliations

  • Lescuyer Guillaume, CIRAD-ES-UPR Ressources forestières (CMR) ORCID: 0000-0003-0952-8656
  • Ngoumou Mbarga Hubert
  • Bigombe Logo Patrice

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