Photo by @alfredodamato. Raphael, a villager uses a chainsaw to cut a huge Padouk tree trunk. As he works for a unofficial company, he was not provided with mechanized working tools and therefore he needs to rely on his physical strength and his experience to achieve the scope of getting proper wooden slides. The Cameroonian forest covers an area of about 20 million hectares, which represents about 40% of the national territory. Cameroonian forests are the home to nearly four million persons belonging to Bantu ethnic groups as well as to the last indigenous populations of the African rainforest, the “Pygmies”. The forest represents a kind of huge free “supermarket” providing food, medicines, construction and equipment materials, as well as ceremonial elements. Commercial logging in Cameroon (legal and illegal) is seriously affecting the ecosystem and therefore the above-mentioned indigenous populations living in the forests. Benefits to the local population are minor and even compliance with the promises made by the companies regarding improvements to local infrastructure depends on people getting mobilized. Those who benefit are the forestry companies and the intermediaries between logging and European consumers. #nature #forest #climatechange #africa #logging #timber #rural #wood #forest #explotation
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