Participatory forest resource governance
Nchotaji, Nkemtaji Moses ;  Freie Universität Berlin, Fachbereich Politik- und Sozialwissenschaften, Forschungsstelle für Umweltpolitik

Main titleParticipatory forest resource governance
Subtitlethe Mount Cameroon experience
AuthorNchotaji, Nkemtaji Moses
InstitutionFreie Universität Berlin, Fachbereich Politik- und Sozialwissenschaften, Forschungsstelle für Umweltpolitik
No. of Pages21 S.
Keywordsecotourism; conservation community participation; development
Classification (DDC)300 Social sciences
600 Technology
AbstractAfter the Rio Summit in 1992, Cameroon and most other countries in Africa adopted
principles that have given communities legal rights in the management of natural resources.
Mount Cameroon Region presents a typical example where this method of management has
been introduced by the Ministry of Forestry and Wildlife in collaboration with International
Agencies like GTZ and DED. These institutions introduced ecotourism in 1998 as part of the
Mount Cameroon Project (MCP) aimed at conserving biodiversity and improving the
livelihood of the communities in this area. Hunters and prunus africana (valuable medicinal
plant demanded by pharmaceutical firms) harvesters are among the important actors that have
been included in the new management structure. Primary data derived from interviews and
questionnaires were used to evaluate the extent to which this management mechanism meets
the goal of sustainable development. The theory of New Institutional Economics (NIE) by
Ostrom, which outlines eight principles that guarantee resource appropriation at the local
level, was used to guide the study. The results indicate that the behavior of hunters and
prunus Africana harvesters have changed in favor of conservation through collaborative law
enforcement. Livelihoods have been improved as well with the introduction of incomegenerating
activities (bee farming, snail farming and piggery), which have indirectly reduced
the pressure exerted on natural resources. However, the study concludes that participatory
governance initiatives result in fragile and conditional successes. If poverty reduction is not
fully addressed, actors are unlikely to pursue the goal of sustainable development in Mount
Cameroon. The theory of NIE thus provides a conditional understanding of natural resource
management for sustainable development that is dependent on the wider context of
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Year of publication2010
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