Deforestation

 

Habitat loss is one of the major threats to the long term survival of Cameroon’s primates. Cameroon has more than 20 million hectares of tropical rain forest. However, illegal and destructive logging threatens this precious natural heritage and the people who depend on it. The increasing demand for tropical hard wood from western countries, European countries in particular, has put an unsustainable strain on the tropical forests in West Africa, the home of the great apes.


In addition to destroying habitats, the logging companies cut huge roads into the heart of the rain forest, providing easy access for hunters to once impenetrable forests. Poachers hitch a ride on the logging trucks and bring back their spoils on logging trucks, often smoked to make identification difficult.

What can you do? 
 

Once African sawn timber arrives on the market, it is impossible for customers to verify whether it is legal. Logs from legal and illegal sources are easily mixed and could be processed together in Cameroon sawmills or at their destination.

 
What you can do is make sure that any timber products you buy are certified by the Forest Stewardship Council or FSC. FSC is an independent, non-governmental, not for profit organization established to promote the responsible management of the world’s forests.

 

The FSC issues certificates for well managed forests and and the FSC logo means that corporate buyers and individual consumers can identify products coming from responsible forest management. Look for the FSC logo on wood products to make sure you aren't supporting illegal logging around the world and find out more at the Forest Stewardship Council's website.

 

 

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Helping Endangered Primates in Cameroon