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60 Cameroonians Receive Pioneer Training On Model Forest 

By Daniel Gwarbarah

A Canadian delegation from the Lac-Saint Jean Model Forest and a professional college, Saint Félicien, led by Colette Robinston, have offered the first-ever lessons on training needs in model forest to some 60 Cameroonians.

The trainees came from NGOs and associations dealing with communities in forestry zones.
The training, which was part of activities of the delegation that wrapped up July 24, saw presentations on the Lac-Saint Jean and Saint Félicien of Canada and the only two Cameroon-based model forests in Africa, notably the Campo Ma’an and Dja and Mpomo.
The presentations were followed by group discussions where Cameroonians sought to know what a model forest is all about and what would trickle down to the communities engaged in such a venture.

In a paper presented by one of the delegation members, Guillaume Roy, the Lac-Saint Jean, Model Forest receives some US$ 100.000 from the International Network of Model Forests to facilitate the implantation and launching of the African Model Forest Network, whose permanent secretariat is in Cameroon.

He noted that of the said sum, US$ 65.000 are allotted for the activities of the African Model Forest Network, while US$ 35.000 would fund a second mission of the Canadian delegation to Cameroon. The second mission, according to the organisers, would be aimed at training representatives of forest communities in Lomie, East Region, on the transformation for use of forest residue, while in Campo Ma’an around Kribi, indigenes would be trained on the potential of the development of the non-timber forestry products.

The Post learnt that as a result of the Cameroon and Canadian partnership in the forestry sector, four young Cameroonians have been selected to do a three-year course on wood works at the Saint Félicien professional training college. Stating that only two model forests have been implanted in Africa, Guillaume said there is an urgent need to harmonize the use of forests as well as blend other integrated management initiatives of forests on the continent.

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