Conserve Now or the Rainforest Gets It! Cameroon Forest Given 30 Day Logging Reprieve

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Talk about an ultimatum: Mongabay reports that the government of Cameroon has given conservation group Wildlife Works 30 days to come up with a conservation plan for a 830,000 hectare (3,205 square mile) area of rainforest or the whole thing gets sold off to loggers:The area is question is Ngoyla-Mintom, which borders the Republic of Congo, and acts as a wildlife corridor between national parks in Cameroon, Gabon and the Republic of Congo. The reprieve was granted after Wildlife Works presented evidence that the region contained large populations of lowland gorillas, elephants, chimpanzees and mandrills.

"We have buy in from the local community, including Baka pygmies who depend on this forest," [founder of Wildlife Works, Mike] Korchinsky told "This is a beautiful rainforest that houses a lot of wildlife and stores a lot of carbon. It provides important services to the 10,000 or so people who live in the area and losing it to loggers would leave them a lot poorer."

The benchmark for any conservation plan proposed is that it would bring in more money than could be obtained from logging.

via: Mongabay
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