Forest communities generate income while conserving their environment

    | March 24, 2013

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    This week’s story from Cameroon focuses on okok, a plant found in the forests of the Congo Basin. There is a delicate balance between using and conserving forest-based resources such as okok and other plant and animal species. People need to both eat and earn money. But populations of many wild animals and plants are declining for various reasons, including loss of habitat and hunting for bushmeat.

    Can wild species and human communities live in harmony? This script profiles a project in the Southwest Region of Cameroon. An international NGO, World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), is helping forest communities to develop enterprises which generate income from wild species without destroying the forest. If you research what is happening in your own area, you may find similar projects operated by WWF and other organizations.