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Impoverished local communities in Nguti sub-division have expressed anger over the activities of foreign companies such as Herakles Farms .A youth of Talangye faulted the government for allowing the US agro industrial company to destroy their land. "Our forest that you see is our only source of income. It has been destroyed by Herakles Farms. Our cocoa farms and non timber forest products that we gather and sale for a living are all destroyed, this is not correct".
"Illegal logging has come to constitute a well-organized criminal enterprise with strong backing and a network that is so extensive, well established, and strong that it is bold enough to resist, threaten, and in fact physically tyrannize forestry law enforcement authorities"
As the degradation of tropical forests worsens, we are beginning to find it impossible to ignore, we have to do more than voice grief and despair. We hope that we will at least consider what role we can play, that we take this responsibility to heart.
The Nguti forests in the South West of Cameroon are exploited both for Timber and for Non-Timber Forest Products (NTFPs). The NTFPs harvested here include the following - Ricinodendron heudeulotii (Njansang), Irvingia gabonensis (Bush mango), Gnetum africanum (Eru), Pebbe, Country Onion, Bitter cola, Bush meat of diverse species (Porcupine, deer, cutting grass, pangolin and antelopes) etc.
As rainforests are home to least half of this planet's species of plants, animals and insects, the negative impact on global biodiversity can only be imagined. In addition, indigenous communities are also destroyed as people who have lived happily off the forest's resources for generations, often do not own the land (at least not in a form recognized by governments, corporations and their lawyers) and are frequently displaced to make way for new foreign plantations.
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