On the 15th May 2019, the Ministry of Forest signed a Public Notice declassifying part of FMU 09 025 to be affected to agriculture production, located in the South Region, Ocean Division, Campo Ma’an and Nye’ete subdivisions. The Prime Minister signed the decree declassifying the FMU 09 025 on the 11th November 2019. Since then, the company started having meetings with local authorities and clearing the forest as well as developing a nursery in total illegality.
In March 2022, the President of the Republic of Cameroon finally signed the Decree allocating a temporary concession to Camvert of almost 40,000 hectares which can be extended to nearly 60,000 hectares on the request of the company.
From the early beginnings, there have been many voices from community members opposed to the Camvert project or openly criticizing it.
Greenpeace Africa, its partners and other NGOs have been criticizing the land grabbing project, collecting data and testimonies of communities on the impacts as well as their fears, particularly the dark future linked to the increasing pressure on their ancestral land. A report was produced as well as a documentary was released highlighting those impacts. ( Click to have the report in French and English)
Main critics and denunciations are the following:
- Violation of communities land rights (shrinking of community customary land)
- Lack of Free Prior and Informed Concerned on the project
- Negative impacts on communities’ livelihoods specifically on agriculture (destruction of farms by the fauna)
- Reduction of ecotourism
- Loss of possibility to collect non timber forest products and medicinal plants due to the clearing of the forest
- Potential pollution of water streams due to pollution with huge negative impact on fisheries activities (one of the main activity in several villages in Campo)
- Increasing human and wildlife conflicts due to the destruction of the fauna corridor to the Campo Ma’an National park
- Destruction of cultural sites, etc.
Communities have been calling for the cancellation of the project or at least the reduction of the area given to the company. They also made sure to raise their concerns and called for their consideration in the decision concerning the forest.
– It is time to implement a local land Use planning process to secure customary land on indigenous people and local communities.
– Indigenous Bagyeli communities and Mvae, Mabi and Iyassa communities of Campo and Nyete demand justice for their customary land being destroyed without their consent. Their rights are being violated without a proper discussion of compensation for the loss.
– More support to communities and their livelihood/ activities is critical if not we will have in the nearest future an increase of poverty of these people who would have lost everything.
– Halting Camvert project will stop the destruction of the forest and biodiversity of the area and reduce the pressure on the Campo Ma’an National park, a biodiversity hotspot, that is threatened by this project.
– Stop clearing of the FMU 09 025 also means contributing to the reduction of biodiversity as well as the climate crisis.
– Camvert n’est pas vert
– Des vies sont en péril à Campo et Niete à cause de la déforestation. Elle doit être tout simplement stoppée.
– La région du Sud reste une destination favorite des touristes en direction du Cameroun. Elle pourrait tout de même perdre ce privilège à cause de la déforestation.
– Il est essentiel de soutenir davantage les communautés et leurs moyens de subsistance/activités, faute de quoi nous assisterons dans un avenir proche à une augmentation de la pauvreté de ces personnes qui auront tout perdu.
– Avant Camvert, plusieurs autres agro industries ont fait des promesses de développement aux communautés riveraines à leurs plantations. Mais à ce jour, ces dernières vivent dans des conditions difficiles, et dépourvues de leurs forêts qui étaient leur principale source d’approvisionnement.
– Protecting the forest is saving the lives of more than 28 Bagyeli Indigenous communities and local communities who depend on it for their livelihood. @MINFOF @Minepded1 #SaveCongoRainForest
– Camvert’s project violate the human rights of indigenous Bagyeli people, aggravates the climate and biodiversity crisis and international standards.@MINFOF@Minepded1#SaveCongoRainForest
– The Rights of Indigenous people and local communities must be a priority in every development project @MINFOF@Minepded1#SaveCongoRainForest
– Les droits des peuples autochtones doivent être prioritaires dans chaque projet de développement @MINFOF @Minepded1#SaveCongoRainForest
– Les peuples autochtones doivent être au centre du développement de leurs communautés. @MINFOF @Minepded1 #SaveCongoRainForest