The Association of Community Forests Kadey designated “ASFOCKA” is a non governmental organization of Cameroonian law which was created on April 26, 2011. Its headquarters are located in the department of Batouri Kadey, Region of East Cameroon.
The association was created during the project “Support for Governance in community forestry project to fight poverty in the diocese of Batouri” implemented by the African Centre for Applied Forestry Research and Development (CARFAD) under ACP-FLEGT joint program of the European Union and FAO. Composed of 26 community forests, it held the largest federation of functional community forests. Its vision is to ensure, on an appropriate legal basis, the socio-economic development of community forests while ensuring the preservation of the environment. Along the way, the federation has the following objectives: (i) ensuring legal marketing of forest products; (ii) build the capacity of members; (iii) search for partners; (iv) ensure the defense of Community interests; (v) ensuring compliance with the law and forestry regulations; (vi) ensure the implementation of development projects in the communities.
Since January 2014, association members of ASFOCKA benefit from the project “Support of the Kadey Federation of Community Forests in the process of obtaining legality certificates and timber trade” implemented by CARFAD and its partners (RFC, CODASC-Batouri) within the frame work of the European Union thematic program for environment and sustainable management of natural resources, including energy (ENRTP).
1. The origins of ASFOCKA
Within the frame work of the FLEGT action plan of the European Union (EU), Cameroon, after signing the Voluntary Partnership Agreement (VPA) in October 2010,is firmly engaged in the implementation of a number of measures such as improving its forest governance in the fight against illegal logging and the implementation of the Voluntary Partnership Agreement to prevent the entry of illegal timber in the EU market. This commitment was reflected at the local level by the development of several initiatives at Community level in order to curb the scourge (illegal logging) and thus get the best benefit from the exploitation of their resources.
The idea of consolidation of legal entities of community forests was seen as an initiative that will enable communities to deal with illegal logging and sell their wood at a high price in order to achieve the necessary projects for their socio-economic development.
It is in this context that the Kadey Association of Community Forests (ASFOCKA) was founded on April 26, 2011. This grouping will therefore enable communities to increase their bargaining power and sell at a reasonably price wood legally exploited.
In 2014, for purposes of profitability and compliance with the requirements and challenges facing the forest sector in general and community forests in particular (FLEGT-VPA, timber marketing, etc.), ASFOCKA mutates into Cooperative Society Simplified Associations Community Forests of Kadey (SCOOPS- FCTBK).
2. The main wood species produced and marketed by ASFOCKA
More than 20 species have commercial value. The demand mainly comes from the northern markets and to a lesser extent in Yaounde and Douala, the most popular specie market remains ayous (Triplochitonscleroxylon). Senior marketing season white wood takes place during the period from February to May However for the markets of Douala and Yaoundé, the species assessed are: Doussie (Afzeliapachyloba), Sapelli (Entandrophragmacylindricum). Iroko (Chlorophoraexcelsa) of Kossipo (Entandrophragmacandollei) and Dabema (Piptadeniastrumafricanum).
The currently marketed species represent less than 20% of the potential of wood in each community forest.
Other species present in our forests are not sufficiently valued: Fromager (Ceibapentandra), the Fraké (Terminaliasuperba), the Movingui (Distemonanthusbenthamianus), the Bibolo (Lovoatrichiliodes), Ilomba (Pycnanthusangolensis), the Bibolo (Lovoatrichiliodes) the Bossé T (Guareathompsonii), the Abam (Gambeya africana), the Emien (Alstonia congensis). The wood can be processed locally through the development of local crafts. But lack of information on marketing opportunities is the main constraint to the exploitation of these species.
The table below give an idea on the quantities of timber found in the 26 community forest:
|Stock timber logs(m3)||Quantity harvested logs(period 2010-2014)||Quantity available logs (period 2010-2014)|
|3 625 107,42||(in m3)||(in %)||(in m3)||(in %)|
|725 021,48||20||2 900 085,94||80|
3. Simplified Cooperative Associations of Community Forests Kadey (SCOOPS-FCTBK)
The SCOOPS-FCTBK is a tool for development and community self-promotion.
His vision is to make the eastern region – Cameroon a model of development through the enhancement of the immense potential of agroforestry community or in poorly managed forests. The vision also is to “position the SCOOPSFCTBK as a model and a cornerstone in the forest certification process and environmental protection.”
The SCOOPS-FCTBK is guided by common values that members share. These values define acceptable behavior and govern the relations between members and with partners.
We have the same commitment to the following values:
– Openness, accessibility and transparency;
– Solidarity and justice.
SCOOPS- FCTBK The main objective of making more effective the actions of community forestry associations through:
– Marketing of legal forest products;
– Strengthening the capacity of members;
– Research partnership;
– The defense of Community interests;
– Respect for the law and forestry regulations;
– Support for the implementation of development projects in the communities.