The status of sawnwood on the Cameroonian domestic market has been documented by MINFOF and CIFOR. Over the past decade, they have conducted benchmark studies and actions to formalize and develop this market. Progress has been noted but four major challenges persist:
1. The need to better identify and publicize the quantities of legal sawnwood available on the domestic market.
2. The need to remove the blockages on regulatory measures that are detrimental to the formalization of the sector and increase the quantity of legal timber on the domestic market.
3. The need to continue to promote national demands for legal sawnwood.
4. The need to facilitate transactions between buyers and sellers of legal sawnwood.
The project objective is therefore to increase the use of legal sawnwood in Cameroon by increasing the quantity of produced. This can be achieved by supporting the emergence of national demands for legal timber, and by facilitating transactions between suppliers and consumers of these products.
This project is mainly conducted in Yaoundé, which has the largest timber markets in the country. This location also facilitates contacts with the main actors involved in this sector, but the industrial companies based in Douala will also be heavily involved.
This project reinforces the strong partnership established with MINFOF over the past 10 years and strengthens the internal capacity of this ministry. Numerous advocacy relationships will also be established with other partners – individual consumers, construction companies and elected officials – in order to encourage them to buy legal timber.