Use and misuse of forest income by rural communities in Cameroon
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Lescuyer, G., Mbarga, H.N., Logo, P.B. 2008. Use and misuse of forest income by rural communities in Cameroon . Forests, Trees and Livelihoods 18 :291-304. ISSN: 1472-8028.
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Since 1996, Cameroon has been redistributing a share of Annual Forest Royalties (AFF) to villages/communities, with the aim of increasing rural people’s standards of living. However, its applicationhas been widely criticized. Our study is based on a sample of nine communities in the Cameroon forest belt. We found that:a significant part of AFF does not reach communities; 3 villages out of 9 add other incomes to AFF payments in order to carry out collective investments; and 3 other villages were able to justify the complete use of their AFF. This relative success in the establishment of a decentralized mechanism for forest incomemanagement indicates the need for strengthening the capabilities of communities in order to guarantee endogenous development.
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