Cameroon PCLG

Charcoal burners cutting trees for burning charcoal near the village of Mbedoumou, Central Region, Cameroon.
Charcoal burners cutting trees for burning charcoal, Cameroon. Photo by Ollivier Girard/CIFOR

Over half of Cameroon is forested area, yet illegal logging from commercial timber production and smallholder slash-and-burn agriculture are having a huge impact on biodiversity loss. In the past decade, conservation initiatives have not made the link between conservation and poverty alleviation; however this is starting to change.

Cameroon PCLG is convened by the Network For Environment and Sustainable Development (NESDA-CA) and is nested within “Greg Forests” the Cameroon team of the Forest Governance Learning Group (FGLG) - an alliance of independent organisations that aims to exchange experiences and knowledge on forest governance in order to eradicate poverty and improve sustainable forestry.

Working towards the broader aims of the PCLG, the group:

  • Convenes regular meetings to share experiences in tackling conservation-poverty issues;
  • Generates and shares  information/resources on the linkages between poverty and conservation in Cameroon;
  • Works with a range of forestry stakeholders to promote good policy and practice in the conservation and development sectors, particularly in relation to good forest governance and REDD+;
  • Develops the capacity of conservation NGOs to more effectively engage with the policy making process.

The Cameroon PCLG has a particular interest in great ape conservation.


Workshop to share and enrich the results of a study on the linkages between private sector investments, great apes conservation and poverty reduction in Cameroon

On 26th of November 2014, GREG-Forêts organised a workshop to present and validate the results of a comparative field study carried out to evaluate the impact of the agro-industry and logging activities on great apes conservation and poverty issues in Cameroon.  

More about the meeting, reports and presentations.

Workshop to share and enrich results of a study to map Great Apes conservation institutions and policies in Cameroon

On Thursday 24th April 2014, GREG-Forêts organised a wide consultation workshop to share and enrich the results of a research study carried out to map the institutions that take care of biodiversity conservation in general and Great Apes in particular and existing policies in Cameroon.

More about the meeting, reports and presentations.


Great ape conservation and poverty reduction

Cameroon PCLG is one of the beneficiaries of wider support provided to the PCLG by the Arcus Foundation. Under this grant, Cameroon PCLG is further strengthening its relationships with development organisations, private sector, parliamentarians and other institutions that influence investment decisions in great ape ranges. The following are some of the activities Cameroon PCLG members are working on:

  • Mapping conservation organisations in Cameroon and analysing existing conservation policies.
  • Studying private and public sector development actors and the impact of their activities on conservation and great apes.
  • Organising capacity building workshops for local communities to raise awareness of issues surrounding great apes – human conflict.

 This project started in April 2013 and runs to April 2015.

Cameroon PCLG meetings



For more information about Cameroon PCLG (including how to join for those based in Cameroon), please contact the group’s coordinator, Angeline Ndo (


The Cameroon-PCLG is funded by the Arcus Foundation and by UK aid from the UK Government. The views expressed do not necessarily reflect the views of the UK Government or of the Arcus Foundation.

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