Cameroon has some 19 million hectares of dense tropical forest, just below 40% of the total land area.
Deforestation has been on the rise, causing the loss of between 40 000 to 80 000 hectares of primary forest annually between 2015 and 2018.
Planned deforestation drivers include:
- Government agricultural programmes including biofuel crops
- Agro-industry expansion of crops including palm oil and rubber
- Infrastructure developments including railways connecting mining areas to deep-sea ports, hydroelectric dams and related electricity networks
- Legal mining and logging operations
Unplanned deforestation drivers include:
- Small-scale subsistence and cash crop agriculture such as cocoa
- Informal logging and mining operations