Background

Cameroonian communities’ rights are recognized and protected in laws and regulations including the land laws, forestry law, the framework law on environmental management, and the mining code. Communities also claim customary land rights as property rights. The government of Cameroon has demonstrated its interest and openness to clarify and strengthen local land rights. In 2013, the National Council for Traditional Chiefs in Cameroon (CNCTC) stated: “Participatory mapping of resources and land uses and territories are tools that can facilitate the identification of customary uses of land and resources, including in natural landscapes. Therefore, the use of such tools should be institutionalized and generalized for all customary lands in Cameroon.” Land fees and annual forestry royalties are shared among communities whose customary lands have been leased as concessions. However, the limit of communities’ land is still an unsolved issue in Cameroon, and the lack of mapped boundaries contributes to the escalation of conflicts between communities. This initiative aims to secure the adoption of common mapping protocols by government agencies responsible for the application of relevant land laws and ordinances.

Beneficiaries

Rural communities, Indigenous Peoples, CSOs, government agencies, private companies, and investors.