Publisher: Bachudo Science Co. Ltd

Socio-Economic Characteristics of A Community Forest In The Western Highlands of Cameroon. Case of Ijim Forest

E. A. Tsi, G. Wiegleb, T. Peschel, G. T. Forbid
KEYWORDS: Social and Economic Characteristics, Community Forest. ljim Forest, agro-forestry practices

ABSTRACT:

Public views on resqurce use in relation to conservation measures at Kilum/ijim were obtained through interviews and questionnaires. Forty-five questionnaires were distributed to 3 of the 9 villages surrounding the Kilum/ljim forest over a period of 3 months (August to October, 2000). A design and implementation of different activities (community forest management. institutional strengthening programme. monitoring and livelihood programmes) to sensitize their population in accordance with the Kilum/ ljim forest objactives was done. Ninety-five and half percent of the population benefits readily available fuel wood while practicing agro-forestry, 91% food crops, 57.7% livestock and 42.2% apiculture. After a market survey, comparative to the past, income has increased by 98.05%. A single farmer can generate per year US $ 438.4. Ninety-one percent of the population affirms that they have witness a decrease in soil erosion due to the implementation ofagro-forestry practices introduced by the project. It was generally observed that community involvement in the conservation of natural resources is a success at Kilum/ljim with a very high level of population awareness.   


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