African Journal of
Plant Science

  • Abbreviation: Afr. J. Plant Sci.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1996-0824
  • DOI: 10.5897/AJPS
  • Start Year: 2007
  • Published Articles: 780

Full Length Research Paper

Monitoring the implementation of Prunus africana (Rosaceae) management plans in Cameroon: Respect of national norms

Jean Lagarde BETTI
  • Jean Lagarde BETTI
  • Department of Botany, Faculty of Sciences, University of Douala, BP 24 157, Cameroon.
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Cedric MANGA NGANKOUE
  • Cedric MANGA NGANKOUE
  • Department of Botany, Faculty of Sciences, University of Douala, BP 24 157, Cameroon.
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Farick Oumar NJIMBAM NJUKOUYOU
  • Farick Oumar NJIMBAM NJUKOUYOU
  • Department of Botany, Faculty of Sciences, University of Douala, BP 24 157, Cameroon.
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Eric WETE
  • Eric WETE
  • Department of Botany, Faculty of Sciences, University of Douala, BP 24 157, Cameroon.
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  •  Received: 20 July 2016
  •  Accepted: 13 September 2016
  •  Published: 30 September 2016

Abstract

The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Fauna and Flora (CITES) Secretariat has teamed up with the International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) to assist Congo basin countries in the frame of the so called “the ITTO-CITES program”, to develop non-detriment findings (NDF) on Prunus africana, a CITES listing tree species. This paper aims to assess the way the simple management plans (SMPs) developed within the ITTO-CITES program are being implemented in the field. Data were gathered during field missions conducted from November to December 2015. Although, Cameroon has made many efforts to promote the sustainable harvesting of P.africana, many problems still remain in the implementation of the guidelines prescribed in SMPs. It is in the North West region where the non-respect of existing norms/standards in term of realization of exploitation inventories, the minimum exploitable diameter (MED) and sustainable harvesting techniques is largely observed. The low buying price tends to be the main cause of the non-respect of national standards by community forest managers and harvesters. There is an urgent need for the ITTO-CITES program to extend its activities on the implementation of the SMPs.

 

Key words: Prunus africana, CITES, ITTO-CITES program, norms, management plans, sustainable harvesting.

Abbreviation

ACS, Adaptive cluster sampling; ANAFOR, National Forestry development Agency; CF, community forest; CFM, community forest manager; CIG, community initiative group; CITES-MA, CITES management authority; CITES-SA, CITES scientific authority; DBH, diameter at breast high; MED, minimum exploitable diameter; MINFOF, Ministry of Forestry and Wildlife; MOCAP, Mont Cameroon Communities Association; NDF, non-detriment findings; NTFP, non-timber forest products; PAU, Prunus Allocation Unit; PSMNR-SWR, program for the sustainable management of natural resources in the south west region of Cameroon; SMP, simple management plan; USD, United States Dollar.