Ruling by trickery: The State and Global Governance of Biodiversity in Cameroon

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Given their multiple functions, tropical forests are a fascinating area of research for analyzing environmental policies at local and global levels. Whether they are viewed as a national heritage, a global public good or community resource, they have been at the centre of international environmental debate since the 1990s. By capturing the attention of actors on various levels, they help provide insights into the development and articulation of biodiversity policies at the local and global dimensions, marked by cleavages between exploitation and conservation.
 

 


 
The case of the Ngoyla-Mintom Forest exemplifies the often competing interests of various actors concerned with these issues at national and global level. It demonstrates how the narrative on forests, development and biodiversity has evolved in recent decades, both in terms of international programs and national priorities.

 

 

Also considered are the ways in which  the Cameroon government in particular - and especially its forest agency – amid the increasing politicization of nature and life, has responded to external pressures for biodiversity conservation by taking ownership, leveraging and reshaping international biodiversity conservation standards to implement them - or refrain from doing so - at local level (see Box 1).

 

 

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