Case Study: The Kilum Project, Cameroon

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  • The Kilum project
    • Summary of the Kilum project
      • It aims to help both the environment and local people
      • In 1991 they created boundaries beyond which no further deforestation could occur
      • They promote sustainable ways for locals to gain income e.g. wood calving, honey farming, collecting herbs/plants to medicine
    • Threats to the forest
      • Over 60% of the country is covered in forest, most of which has been disturbed by, e.g, agriculture
      • Cameroon's forestry sector is important to their economy - in 2011 it was worth 2.8% of their GDP
      • Locals use bushfires to remove weeds from farmland, create grazing land and flush out small animals for hunting
    • What is wood calving? Why is it sustainable?
      • Wood calving: Locals create masks etc and sell them to other parts of the world
      • One tree provides dozens of clavings
      • They only use fast-growing trees and they plant a seed to replace it
      • Wood chippings are collected for fires


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