In 2012, the Ministry of Forestry and Wildlife transfered the management of 6 forest reserves (Buea, Bakossi, Lake Barombi Mbo, Meme River, Mungo River and Southern Bakundu forest reserves) to 5 councils (Buea, Kumba 1 and 3, Mbonge and Tombel Councils) in South West Region. Within this tranfer, the Regional Delegation of Forestry and Wildlife through PSMNR-SWR is making provisions to assist, empower and accompany these councils in the process of managing these protected areas within their municipalities. The following activities have been carried out in collaboration with the councils concerned with the technical and financial support MINFOF and PSMNR:
- A 3-year provisional management convention signed between each Council and MINFOF;
- Annual regeneration convention signed between each Council and MINFOF in 2013 and 2014 for the planting of 5000 trees/year in each of the forest reserve/Council;
- Annual tree planting (at least 5000 trees/year/reserve) and regeneration of each forest reserve is ongoing;
- Sensitization and information meetings organized with the local administration, councils and communities concerned on the transfer modalities and the sustainable management of these reserves;
- Fact finding missions carried out in the various reserves and baseline cartographic information of all reserves produced (maps and land cover analysis produced);
- Socioeconomic surveys carried out in all the 6 forest reserves, report produced and restitution meetings organized with councils and community concerned;
- Management inventory carried out in the Buea Fuel Wood Plantation, report produced and restitution meeting organized with the Buea Council and community concerned.