Cameroon and Canada are two diametrically opposed countries. But beyond the climate differences and the thousands of kilometres separating them, the desire to build a forestry economy based on a collective management of resources has resulted in the Model Forests of both countries creating strong ties. To strengthen the relationship built at the IMFN Global Forum in June 2008, Lac-Saint-Jean Model Forest (FMLSJ in French) president, Colette Robertson, and general manager, Stéphane Turcot, welcomed the New Year in Cameroon during an exploratory visit from January 1 to 14, 2009.
Ms. Robertson and Mr. Turcot travelled the country to visit the leaders of the Initiative de forêts modèles en Afrique (IFMA) in Yaoundé; they also visited the Dja et Mpomo and Campo-Ma’an Model Forests. During this journey, they met with several forest communities and examined potential avenues for partnerships. Major activities and outcomes from the visit included:
A second visit to Cameroon by representatives from FMLSJ is being planned for July 2009.
Collaborative Science: Integrating Indigenous TEK and Natural Sciences for Sustainable Resource Management and Species at Risk