Cameroon publishes data on illegal logging cases and fines

In the first quarter of 2016, Cameroon suspended the licences of four logging companies, issued 35 other companies with warning notices and generated 54.2 million FCFA (82.6 million euros) in fines related to illegal activities in the forest sector.

Wood truck in Ebolowa district, Cameroon by Ollivier Girard/CIFOR

The statistics were published by the Ministry of Forestry and Wildlife’s National Control Brigade for Control Operations, and presented to the media on 4 August.

Cameroon committed to the publication of such information in its Voluntary Partnership Agreement (VPA) with the EU, which aims to address illegal logging by improving forest governance and promoting trade in legal timber products to EU markets.

The quarterly register presents information on cases of illegality in the forest sector and on sanctions imposed against companies.

The four companies whose licences were temporarily suspended are: SITAF, SCDC, South & FILS and SOFIE. The Head of the National Control Brigade for Control Operations, Ella Ondoua Ambroise Rodrigue, said the suspensions would be lifted if the logging companies paid fines levied on them.

Source: Cameroon Tribune