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The afternoon of Saturday, October 9, 2021, Rene Nyobe tells, with a lump in his throat, his fears regarding the fate of the rivers in his village Mapoubi-Logkamdje, in the Ngwei district, department of Sanaga-maritime, Littoral region.
"Since 2017, operators have entered our forests and have begun to cut down bamboo to resell in town. It's true that at first, it didn't bother us, because we thought they were helping us to get rid of this plant that we thought was invasive. But, we noticed that our rivers are drying up more and more and this is already scaring us", he relates.
In his testimony, the sixty-year-old specifies that 50% of his district of origin is surrounded by bamboo. The plant, which has long been considered invasive and worthless in Cameroon, is increasingly used to reforest areas impacted by agriculture and illegal logging.
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According to the coordinator of the Cameroonian NGO Forests and Rural Development (FODER), Christophe Justin Kamga, during the month of May 2021 alone, the organization has planted more than 2,000 bamboo seedlings on an area of 10 hectares in the localities of Mbalmayo, Akomnyada 1 and 2 and Aveube.
To date, FODER has already restored 15.5 hectares of land in Mbalmayo, located in the Central Region. These activities are part of the implementation of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) signed with the International Organization for Bamboo and Rattan (INBAR), for the development of the resource.