The Group is proud to announce the formation of our 25,000 hectare Community Forest within the Sudcam concession – a land space equal to four times the size of Manhattan Island.
Running adjacent to the UNESCO World Heritage Dja Faunal, a legal boundary has been established around the Community Forest perimeter. Through work with local and international NGOs, and the Cameroon Government, this will permanently protect the land and its ecosystems, whilst ensuring that indigenous communities have continued access to the forest resources. Employment opportunities will be created for local people in the management of the land, strategically governed by the Cameroon Sustainability Council and other specialist agencies.
Lee Chestnutt, Deputy Chief Executive Officer of Corrie MacColl Plantations shared that, “together with the cessation of all land clearing, the conversion of this area to a Community Forest clearly demonstrates our Group’s dedication to our Sustainability Policy and zero deforestation commitments in Cameroon.” With 70% of our Cameroon plantation to remain non-planted, including 8,000 hectares of High Conservation Value and High Carbon Stock land, this reserve further represents our active role in protecting the unique habitats that exist in the Congo basin.
We will provide periodic updates on the environment and social benefits provided by this land. Watch this space!