Cameroon map


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

Cameroon is a Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF) Country Participant and a UN-REDD Programme Partner Country. It is also involved in the Central African Forest Initiative (CAFI).

EU REDD Facility work in Cameroon

We work with Cameroonian institutions and stakeholders to reinforce the implementation of the 2011 land-use planning Law with appropriate methodologies and tools.

Our focus is on enabling sustainable land-use investment and management through supporting the implementation of Cameroon’s first official municipal-level land-use plans.

Enabling sustainable land use

We also work alongside the Ministry of Economy, Planning and Regional Development (MINEPAT) to implement the 2011 land-use planning Law at municipal level.

Having facilitated the development of the methodology dedicated to local land-use management and sustainable development plans (PLADDT), we are supporting the design of Cameroon’s first two PLADDTs, in close collaboration with the Green Commodity Landscape Programme developed by IDH and WWF and using the Facility’s Land-use Planner, among other tools.

EU REDD Facility actions in Cameroon

Launch of the PLADDT process in Mintom municipalityRainbow EC

Facilitating municipal land-use planning in Cameroon

The EU REDD Facility engages with the Ministry of Economy, Planning and Regional Development (MINEPAT), IDH and WWF in the development of at least two Local Land Use Management and Sustainable Development Plan (PLADDT) at the municipal level.
Cameroon forestEuropean Forest Institute

Building a mapping alliance for inclusive and transparent land-use planning in Cameroon

The EU REDD Facility is working with a multistakeholder coalition to bring more transparency to land-use planning and land-allocation processes in Cameroon. The Facility and its partners have developed a tool called the Common Mapping Platform that enables stakeholders to access social, environmental and geographical data for making informed land-use planning decisions. Partners include representatives of government and civil society, as well as mapping specialists.