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Cameroon: Recommendations 2012

The following recommendations are drawn from the 2012 report card.

To the Government of Cameroon

  • facilitate the dissemination of the information listed in Appendix VII of the Voluntary Partnership Agreement, and also the effective implementation of all the requirements of the Agreement
  • recognise villages as administrative entities and as a tier of the administration structure, on the same basis as the country's municipalities
  • take into account proposals made by the different stakeholders in the forest and land tenure reform process, and guarantee the recognition and effective protection of customary rights and interests of local and indigenous communities
  • adopt the right to free, prior informed consent of local and indigenous communities before any allocation of projects/land is made or a project is carried out on land where they hold established customary rights
  • make information publicly available on social agreements and contracts for infrastructure projects
  • complete the mining cadastre and ensure the consistency of existing cadastres on permits to exploit natural resources in order to develop a single source of reference

To the Ministry of Forests and Wildlife

  • ensure the dissemination of the information covered by Appendix VII of the Voluntary Partnership Agreement and the effective implementation of all the requirements of the Agreement
  • ensure the systematic publication of maps locating small logging permits, and their automatic integration into the existing mapping system
  • take into account emerging initiatives such as the VPA and REDD+, and developments such as large-scale infrastructure projects in the forest policy currently under review
  • review the forest zoning plan on a national level in Cameroon, taking into account other extra-sectorial activities, and ensuring effective consultation with all stakeholders, and with local and indigenous communities in particular
  • create a legal basis for systematic consultation with stakeholders before allocating logging permits
  • ensure the revitalisation of national consultation platforms and support local platforms in order to strengthen stakeholders' participation in the management of forests
  • take into account relevant proposals by different stakeholders during the review process of the forest law, and ensure that they are consulted on the final draft of a Bill to be presented for approval.

To civil society:

  • be proactive in all the reform processes under way in Cameroon and increase the level of advocacy and lobbying for the effective recognition and guarantee of communities' rights to land and resources
  • ensure the large-scale dissemination of information at community level through the simplification and the adaptation of technical information
  • provide technical support to communities in any process of consultation or negotiation on processes in progress (REDD, VPA, etc.) with a view to guaranteeing that their concerns will be taken into account.

To international donors:

  • Support initiatives to disseminate information and good governance that are being carried out in the forestry sector.

To the Parliament:

  • Ensure that demands for transparency and good governance are taken into account, including guaranteeing the customary right of local and indigenous communities during the enactment of forestry and land tenure laws.

 

 

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