Threats to the coastal forest area

Heavy human pressure

“We hope to work towards stopping the rapid degradation of natural resources and build a future in which the people live in harmony with their environment.” says Dr. Atanga Ekobo, Programme Coordinator.

The main threats to the rich biodiversity of the area include:

-          Poaching and over hunting

-          Overexploitation of mangroves as fuel wood

-          Onshore oil drilling

-          Illegal logging and large scale lumbering

-          Large forest clearance and shifting cultivation

 

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Extensive agriculture is sweeping off large forest areas. The fertile soil on the slopes of Mount Cameroon has attracted large palm plantations and caused the massive destruction of wildlife habitats.
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Reckless timber exploitation. / ©: WWF-Canon / WWF-CARPO / Peter Ngea
Reckless timber exploitation.
© WWF-Canon / WWF-CARPO / Peter Ngea

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