Data on infractions of forest law are regularly published. Three summaries have been published in the national daily newspaper (Cameroon Tribune) and on the MINFOF website since the start of 2012 (January, May and July). This is a step forwards in the regular publication of information on infractions in the forestry sector in Cameroon.
The summary of infractions related to forest and wildlife exploitation is divided into three sections:
- cases in the Courts;
- cases dealt with by the forest administration;
- cases that have been settled
The cases in the Courts are subdivided into a further two groups on forest issues and on wildlife issues.
Overall, the summary contains references of the inspection mission; the name of the company; the infraction committed; references to the report establishing the facts around the infraction; the sum and the reference number; the sum and the transaction reference; the sum paid; remarks or the outcome of the case. This is how the status of progress of the cases within the legal system and the number of fines to be paid (or have already been paid) are indicated.
Regarding the cases dealt with by the Forestry Administration, these are subject to an initial notification of fines, with the sum and the reference number of the notification. Cases resolved have references of the settlements to prove that the money has been paid into the Treasury.
While these publications are a step forward, there is no mechanism to disseminate information at local level, which makes it difficult for communities to access information on infractions committed in their region.
|a. Summary of infractions related to forest and wildlife exploitation
b. Summary of infractions related to forest and wildlife exploitation
c. Summary of infractions related to forest and wildlife exploitation
|a. 30 January 2012
b. 31 May 2012
c. July 2012