The Nachtigal Hydro Power Company (NHPC) envisages an approach to compensate a part of the impoundment of the forest areas by a conservation measure in and around the Community Forest (CF) of COPAL. This approach combines actions that will engage the landscape in a sustainable management of natural resources and improved living conditions for populations. The objective of the project is to stop logging in and on the outskirts of the COPAL community forest which has proven its failure in the past, by converting this area into conservation space, and by applying development in favor of the local communities in the form of an improvement in cocoa farming yields and support for the legal artisanal exploitation of wood in connection with support for reforestation in customary areas. The COPAL Project is implemented in partnership with CIRAD and the Ministry of Forests and Wildlife in Cameroon.
The project will include all the three pillars namely: research, capacity development at community level and outreach.