The approach envisaged by the Nachtigal Hydro Power Company (NHPC) to compensate a part of the impoundment of the forest areas by a conservation measure in and around the Community Forest (CF) of COPAL seems relevant because it combines actions that will engage this 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 populations 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. There will be no consortium per say perhaps an LoA with CIRAD for the staff time of Guillaume and Philippe.
The project will include all the three pillars namely: research, capacity development at community level and outreach.