In Cameroon, the illegal informal chainsaw milling for the domestic market consumes annually virtually the same amount of timber as consumed by the formal industry. In excess of this volume, trans-boundary trade, such as to Nigeria, relies on the illegal source for the supply of sawn timber. So far illegal chainsaw milling has defied MINFOF’s initiatives at providing some conditions for legal access to timber on the one part, and enforcing regulations on the other.
In order to fight against illegal exploitation and trade of timber and Non-Forest Timber Products (NTFPs) in the region:
Two internal wood market site have been identified in Mamfe and Ekok. The specific challenges of developing an internal wood market are to focus on issues related to the following thematic areas:
i. Fiscal regime
ii. Resource allocation (permits etc.), harvest regulation and control
iii. Population rights
iv. A legally functioning internal wood market (wood standards and grading system, improved wood processing etc., and
v. Timber and wood product traceability
In respect of a trans-boundary trade with the Cross River State, the issues have to do with the significantly low prices on its markets, and a weak institutional governance. A draft MoU on the trans-boundary timber and NTFP trade with Nigeria has been elaborated.
Regular patrol and control of illegal forest activities are carried out by the Regional Brigade, the Divisional Delegations of Forestry, the various Forest Control Posts and the Park Services.