Cameroon: We need your help to save a million hectares in Ngoyla Mintom rainforest

We need your help! It is important that the government of Cameroon
realise the strength of opinion regarding the need to conserve the
Ngoyla Mintom rainforest and to avoid the granting of logging
concessions in the area.

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Individuals and organizations interested in the fate of this globally
important rainforest are thus called upon to write to the Cameroon
Vice Minister of Forestry and Wildlife, urging him to reverse his
government’s recent decision, and to support the work of the new
foundation, using the contact details provided below.

A model letter is also provided, but it would have more force if you added your own words and thoughts, and please be sure to add your own name and address.

Please email or write to: Vice Minister, Hon. Joseph Roland Matta, Ministère des Forêts et de la Faune, Immeuble Ministériel N°2, Boulevard du 20 mai, B.P. 12489, Yaoundè, Cameroon  Email:

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In 2002 the government of Cameroon suspended logging rights and
extended an offer to protect Ngoyla Mintom — a forest reserve that
houses 4,000 lowland gorillas, 1,500 endangered chimpanzees, 3,000
forest elephants and an important population of vulnerable Mandrills —
provided someone step forward to pay for it. To date there have been
no takers. Now facing a mounting economic crisis, the government of
Cameroon says it will soon concession Ngoyla Mintom for logging.
Conservationists say the move would have a “devastating” impact on
wildlife and the environment.

“Many areas of Cameroon have been extensively logged in recent decades, and the effect has been devastating, both for the important species that lived there, and the local environment. In particular, logging typically involves: the unselective removal of trees; the burning of understorey, and; the  construction of many new roads, which open up and expose the rainforest to agricultural and other development,” said the Ngoyla  Mintom Foundation in its February 2009 issue of Ngoyla Mintom News

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Comments (1)

JillMarch 5th, 2009 at 11:28 am

Will do so..thank you for info.

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