UK tightens screws on Cameroon timberFrom NGALA Killian Chimtom in Yaoundé, Cameroon
YAOUNDE, (CAJ News) – ENVIRONMENTALISTS have urged Cameroon to punish engaged in illegal logging after the United Kingdom sanctioned 14 of its importers for sourcing timber logged from the central African country.
Greenpeace Africa said Cameroon’s authorities must examine this new set of sanctions and start investigating the companies in question as a first step to tackle the illegality and corruption in the timber sector.
Eric Ini, Forest Campaigner for Greenpeace Africa, said while Cameroon had ordered an audit targeting the company and its suppliers, though the Ministry of Forestry has yet to officially announce the audit.
“We urge the government to severely sanction any company found to have acted illegally to deter other companies from indulging in similar conduct,” Eni said.
Eni said furthermore, Cameroon must also ensure that the Voluntary Partnership Agreement co-signed with the European Union was fully implemented to stop illegal logging and strengthen forest governance in Cameroon.
Cameroon’s forests are among the most species-rich in the Congo Basin, containing the region’s most biologically diverse forests, providing valuable habitat for endangered Western Lowland Gorillas, chimpanzees and forest elephants amongst other species.
Unsustainable and illegal logging is leading to deforestation, destruction of the ecosystem and diminished resilience to climate change.
– CAJ News
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