The introduction of the concept of community forestry in the Cameroonian forest policy in 1995 reflects the Government’s desire to involve rural communities in the sustainable management of forest resources in order to improve their living conditions. However, despite the popularity of rural communities, its development is impeded by several financial and technical constraints. It is in this context that the Community Forestry Project to Fight Poverty in the Diocese of Batouri (FCCP) was brought up.
CARFAD, having contributed with other partners in the implementation of this project, found many blunders related to bad governance namely: non-compliance with laws and regulatory texts, ignorance of communities on procedures to obtain certain exploitation documents, the mismanagement of revenues, frequent conflicts, etc. Following this observation, CARFAD, the Network of Forestry Community (RFC) and the Diocesan Social Welfare Services (CODASC Batouri) had implemented the project “Support to Governance in the community forestry project to fight poverty in Batouri“”funded by the European Commission through the VPA-FLEGT support program of FAO. This project made possible the discovery of some constraints related to the implementation of the legality matrix on Community forests of which the most important ones include among others: the approval default of subcontractors and an the very expensive financing of Environmental Impact Assessment (close to 15 million FCFA per community forest).