Greenpeace:- Ebo forest is a blessing to more than 40 communities, numerous threatened species and the planet – 30 April 2020

Ebo forest in Cameroon is one of the intact forest ecosystems in the Gulf of Guinea, stretching over 2000km2. It is a massive biodiversity hotspot, which is why in 2006 a part of it was proposed as a national park.

 

The Ebo forest is home to at least 160 species of birds, most of which are unique to Ebo. Among them is a small gorilla population of unknown taxonomy, a population of the Nigeria-Cameroon chimpanzee, forest elephants, drills and the critically endangered Preuss’s red colobus. Many of these are on the Red List of Endangered and Critically Endangered species of the IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature). Furthermore, Ebo forest is an important carbon sink, containing an estimated 35 million tonnes of carbon.

 

When we visited the area in 2018, we repeatedly heard from locals that this wildlife was at risk. We saw animals wandering too close to the villages, clearly visible jumping from one tree to another. The deforestation already undertaken by Greenfil, a local subsidiary of Azur (producer of palm oil, butter, and other products) have already put the precious biodiversity here under pressure.

 

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