The Mount Cameroon (2003), Korup -Ndongere and Takamanda-Mone (2007) Technical Operation Units (TOUs) were created in the South West Region through Prime Ministerial decrees to contribute to the management of forest resources through a landscape approach. Due to the increasing land use related conflicts within the Banyang-Mbo Bakossi landscape, MINFOF within the framework of PSMNR-SWR is extending its intervention in support of the creation of a fourth TOU covering part of Kupe Muanenguba and Lebialem Divisions.
Issues with the South West Region’s Landscape
The absence of land use planning in South West Region and the progressive fragmentation of the regional landscape due to the growing pressure on forest resources represents a real challenge to ensure sustainable development.
The South West Region has a long history of agro-industrial plantations but in the last decade there is a growing interest for plantations extension and land prospection for new projects. Consequently, land is often acquired in an uncoordinated manner and directly negotiated with local communities.
Within this context, it is becoming quite challenging to ensure connectivity between protected areas which will become instead isolated islands. Wildlife corridors play a very important role in wildlife management; besides serving as migration paths, they play a role in the transfer of genetic material from one area to another, enable wildlife to respond to population pressure, ensure propagation of zoochoric plant species (seed dispersal of plants by animals), widen breading partner accessibility to plants and animals and shield local communities from human-wildlife and livestock-wildlife conflicts.
MINFOF within the framework of PSMNR-SWR has therefore identified that it is necessary to develop appropriate mechanisms for corridor management which should also contribute to ensure local development.
KEY TOU PROSPECTS