Cameroon’s Forests and Wildlife department (Minfof) is seeking a firm to upgrade the national forestry policy which was adopted in 1993. Interested firms have until December 2 to submit their offers, the ministry said.
The winning bidder will assess the level of implementation of the forestry policy, take stock of the sector over the last few decades and analyze the forest issues and challenges at the local, national, sub-regional (Congo Basin) and international levels that have impacted the implementation of the forestry policy in Cameroon.
The service provider will have to conduct a prospective analysis of the evolution of environmental, social, and economic issues in the forestry/wildlife sub-sector concerning "emerging issues”. It will design a "vision" for the forestry/wildlife industry in Cameroon and deduce strategic intervention axes to achieve this vision. It will finally propose a new national forestry policy document.
Funds for the project will come from the Common Fund of the Forestry and Environment Sector Program (FESP). Cameroon's forestry policy is one of the components of the National Strategy for the Promotion of Economic Activities in Rural Areas. It supports the agricultural policy.
Overall, the forestry policy is designed “to perpetuate and develop the economic, ecological and social functions of our forests, within the framework of an integrated management that ensures the conservation and the sustainable use of forest resources and ecosystems.”