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Use and misuse of forest income by rural community in Cameroon

Lescuyer G., Ngoumou Mbarga H., Bigombe Logo P.. 2008. Forests, Trees and Livelihoods, 18 (3) : p. 291-304.

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 application has 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 income management indicates the need for strengthening the capabilities of communities in order to guarantee endogenous development. (Résumé d'auteur)

Mots-clés : utilisation; subvention; niveau de vie; gestion des ressources; communauté rurale; développement rural; politique forestière; incitation; forêt tropicale; cameroun

Thématique : Economie et politique du développement; Conservation de la nature et ressources foncières; Sociologie rurale et sécurité sociale; Foresterie - Considérations générales

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