Sustainable forestry

The logging industry is of vital importance to Cameroon’s economy, but the forests also need protecting. Louis-Marie and Elodie visit a forestry school to learn more.

Cameroon is one of the major suppliers of timber – see Economy & Industry Hardwoods and softwoods, such as the ones shown in the video, are shipped to markets across the world.

But while the trees provide a vital source of revenue for the country, Cameroon is becoming concerned about protecting its forests, which in turn help to protect against climate change.

Environmental experts now believe deforestation across the globe may account for as much as a fifth of the world’s annual greenhouse gas emissions, because trees store carbon dioxide.

At the forestry school workshop

Forestry school

Over 10% of Cameroon’s entire forest cover disappeared in just 15 years (1990-2005) because of commercial logging, the clearing of land for agriculture and the chopping down of trees for wood as fuel.

Now teachers like Joseph are keen to explain to the next generation the importance of the forests and how wood needs to be harvested in a sustainable way.

Watch the video to see some of the woods available in Cameroon. The SOS chief reporters also have a go at planing some wood.