From Farmers to Loggers: The Role of Shifting Cultivation Landscapes in Timber Production in Cameroon

Robiglio, V. and Lescuyer, G. and Cerutti, P. O. (2012) From Farmers to Loggers: The Role of Shifting Cultivation Landscapes in Timber Production in Cameroon. Small-Scale Forestry. 19 p..

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This article focuses on timber sourced from the agricultural areas in the shifting cultivation landscapes of the Central Region of Cameroon. Data about volumes marketed in urban centres, harvesting operations and on-farm timber management are used to discuss the ecological impact of small-scale logging and its sustainability in the long term. An opportunistic association exists between small-scale logging and agricultural land uses, determined mostly by the abundance of valuable species in fallows and on cocoa farms, their easy accessibility and the low price of farmland timber. Farmers apply various strategies to the management of tree resources in fallows and cocoa agroforests, with most felling authorized in fallows and most trees preserved on the cocoa farms. With current agricultural expansion and intensification trends associated with small-scale logging, timber resources on rural land are at risk of depletion with direct consequences for domestic timber supply and the thousands of livelihoods it sustains. Marketing and regulatory changes are needed to encourage the integration of timber production in agricultural management systems.

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Additional Information: The study on farmland trees was funded by the Fellowship Programme of the International Tropical Timber Organization (Ref. No. 071/04A) and hosted by the Central Africa Regional Office of the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR). Data collection was also funded by the Dutch Directorate General of Development Cooperation (DGIS) ‘Illegal logging in Cameroon and Gabon: The international FLEGT process, national trends and local impact’ project, and the European Union financed the ‘PRO-Formal: Policy and regulatory options to recognise and better integrate the domestic timber sector in tropical countries in the formal economy’ project.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Small-scale logging, On-farm timber, Fallow management, Cocoa agroforests, Farmers’ livelihoods, Domestic timber sector
Author Affiliation: International Institute for Tropical Agriculture (IITA), Partnership for the Tropical Forest Margins (ASB), P.O. Box 2008, Messa, Yaoundé, Cameroon
Subjects: Environmental Science > Natural Resources
Divisions: General
Depositing User: Mr Siva Shankar
Date Deposited: 24 Jul 2012 03:54
Last Modified: 24 Jul 2012 03:56
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