LandCam at the National Forum of the Conference on Dense and Humid Forest Ecosystems of Central Africa
The 2018 edition of the National Forum of the Conference on Dense and Humid Forest Ecosystems of Central Africa was held at the Yaoundé Congress Centre on 13 and 14 February 2018. This event, which was chaired by the Minister of Forests and Wildlife, also saw the participation of several State actors. These included members of the Ministry's central administration, parliamentarians, traditional authorities, civil society organisations and private sector businesses. Hence a space deemed favourable by LandCam to raise awareness among participants, who are key players in the implementation of this project in Cameroon.
An exhibition stand open to the public
If the forum's meetings provided for plenary work, a very active part of the discussions during the two days of the forum indicated the presence of exhibition stands. The Landcam project thus seized the opportunity to be presented to the many guests attending the forum. Emphasis was placed on the project's objectives, activities and intervention strategy. One of LandCam's objectives is to contribute to better management of natural resources, including forests. The Forum was therefore a good opportunity for CED, RELUFA and IIED to come and exchange with the participants.
At the opening of the event, the Minister made a stop at the various stands. The team members took advantage of his presence to share with him the documentation, consisting of a briefing on compensation and another on indigenous peoples.
A side event to make a lasting impression
In order to have a more in-depth exchange and to understand the expectations of the forum participants, a "LandCam side event" was organised in parallel to the proceedings. The participants were able to learn about the structure of the project over the next four years. Dr. Samuel NGUIFFO, director of CED and a member of the panel, thus made a strong statement by establishing a link between land governance and forest governance. Brendan SCHAWRTZ, IIED researcher and project leader, explained the integration of the technological dimension into LandCam's activities, including satellite remote sensing, which provides satellite imagery to highlight changes in logging over time and space. It should be noted that the public was reactive and made suggestions for the successful operation of the project.