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Meeting on forest tenure finds Africa lagging

27 May 2009

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Dr. Elvis Ngolle Ngolle 
(Cameroon Minister of
Forests) addresses
the meeting

A new report released on May 26th at a major ITTO-RRI conference in Cameroon finds that Africa is moving much slower on tenure reform than other regions. The study has found that less than 2 percent of Africa’s tropical forests are owned by or designated for use by the region’s forest communities and indigenous groups compared to nearly one-third of all forests in Latin America, Asia, and the Pacific.