China in Cameroon’s Forests

Aerial view of a forest in Cameroon.

Aerial view of a forest in Cameroon. (Photo: Mokhamad Edliadi/CIFOR)

In Cameroon, Chinese investment through the Belt and Road Initiative is estimated to be worth double the country’s other investment sources combined. These infrastructure and agricultural investments, focused on forest areas, have created 12,000 jobs. China, Cameroon’s largest purchaser of timber, relies on Cameroonian forests for 85% of its imported raw logs. Poor governance and corruption enable unsustainable timber exploitation and illegal logging, damaging fragile ecosystems and threatening livelihoods for rural communities.

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Security Topics:  Environment and Security   Natural Resources and Conflict