Legal Frameworks for REDD. Design and Implementation at the National Level. Case Study - Cameroon
Although Cameroon possesses a good number of laws and policies geared towards reducingdeforestation, these instruments are still insufficient, as is evident from the massive deforestation ratein the country. Stronger implementation of a more exhaustive legislation will be a fundamental steptowards the development and successful implementation of REDD projects in Cameroon. Specialattention should be given to participation of CSOs and local communities, redistribution of revenues,and cementing customary land rights. The objective should be to encourage local populations, theimmediate custodians of Cameroonian forests, to maintain forest cover within the framework ofsustainable management. If these legal, tenure, participation and enforcement issues are addressed,REDD can provide Cameroon with a unique opportunity to protect its very rich and vast natural forestand biodiversity. Despite the shortcomings of the legal and tenure system in Cameroon, currentREDD projects under the feasibility studies carry great potential for success in Cameroon.