Community mapping for effective land-use planning: Cameroon

Development of a common methodology for community mapping in Cameroon. A participatory community mapping.


From: 01/12/2015

To: 30/09/2017

Budget: $750,000

Stakeholders: Indigenous Peoples and local communities, and their organizations
Government ministries with responsibility for mapping, land tenure, natural resources, territorial planning and economic development
Traditional chiefs
Local councils
Companies and investors
Managers of protected areas

Non-governmental organisations advanced  the land tenure security of Indigenous Peoples and local communities in Cameroon, building upon existing laws. With Tenure Facility support, a joint initiative of the Centre for Environment and Development (CED), Forest Peoples Programme (FPP), Rainforest Foundation United Kingdom (RFUK), and the consulting firm Rainbow Environment Consult developed, tested and worked with government to secure broad support for a standard methodology for participatory community mapping in Cameroon. The methodology lays important groundwork for explicit recognition of local community land and resource use rights and reduction of escalating land and resource conflicts in Cameroon. It can also help build more collaborative relations between government, civil society and the private sector. In the future it is hoped that training will mean that communities can develop the capacity to undertake mapping exercises without the direct support of NGOs, thus amplifying the success of this project.  


To read a brief overview of Cameroon, click here.  

For a timeline of land and forest rights in Cameroon, click here. 


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