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Cameroon : Indicators

2011 > 20 Key Indicators > Law Recognising Right to Free Prior Informed Consent

There is no law which gives communities and indigenous populations any decision-making rights or veto rights. According to the current law, forests belong to the State, and although some efforts have been made (for example, communal and community forestry), the concept of ownership of resources and land remains deeply rooted with the authorities and it is difficult for the right to consent to be recognised and applied.

Although mechanisms such as REDD+, among others, demand free, prior and informed consent for indigenous populations, these calls have not yet been heard by the government. Reviews of the forest laws are in progress and could provide an opportunity to recognise consent. However, the State might perceive the right to consent as a significant transfer of its power over land and resources to communities.

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