Tropical deforestation for palm oil in Cameroon


Deforestation of the rainforest in western Cameroon - © SAVE

More disastrous than the Serengeti highway!

Is this the end for a variety of species located in the woods at the Golf of Guinea? Destruction of an ecological Hotspot

The rain forests at the Golf of Guinea in Cameroon and Nigeria are a so-called Hotspot of biodiversity. They house not only one of the oldest woodlands of the earth but also a unique plant world: 620 species of trees and bushes, 500 kinds of herbs and lianas occur in the 1200 km² Korup National Park. Rare drills and chimpanzees live in the region, as well as forest elephants, gorillas and leopards. Many animal and plant species can be seen only here and nowhere else in the whole world. This could end soon.

In the midst of the woods a palm oil plantation shall arise.To do so, approximately 70,000 hectares, an area the size of 100.000 football fields, of high conservation Rainforest and small-scale farming landscape will have to be moved. A disaster for the jungles of Cameroon; even worse than the planned highway through the Serengeti. Under threat is Cameroon’s coherent and unique ecosystem which like in Tanzania, will be cut into two parts. No more sufficient exchanges of species will take place in a living environment carved up in such a way. Isolated groups would mark the definite decline for many unique animals and species of plants.