Cameroon Rainforest (01:47)
Daniel Anuchi describes his experience with timber traffickers who use bulldozers to steal trees. The most valuable species are the Moabi, Iroko, and the Tali. African wood is highly prized for furniture.
Fighting Against Deforestation (03:53)
Activists at the Center for Development and the Environment, based in Yaounde, attempt to enforce laws regulating felling. Flavian is investigating logging company SBAC; he meets with Daniel and observes the damage from bulldozers. Based on license numbers inscribed on stumps, the Forestry Commission is complicit in the crime.
Systematic Corruption in Cameroon (03:21)
Samuel helped Flavian gather evidence against SBAC in order to file a complaint. Growers take objection to destruction, no-payment of license-fees, and felling outside sanctioned zones. Scouts and machinery are evidence of illicit felling in a protected zone.
Unveiling Shameful Practices (02:45)
Former forester Jean Lubos is now an activist. He describes how the industry has changed in Cameroon over the last 40 years. After years of investigating with the help of a French NGO, Lubos published a report exposing corruption and fraud, but nothing has changed.
Port of Douala (01:54)
It is illegal to export wood in the form of large trunks. Lubos addresses open air fraud in plain view. Producing false declarations to get through customs is a trick of traffickers. Bilinga is a species protected from felling.
Whitewashing at Lumberyard (02:21)
At the Port of Douala wood obtained through illegal logging is blended with wood from licensed sources in order to meet demand from the European market. Everyone is aware of the bribes.
Multi-Million Euro Industry (02:13)
Bribery leads to decreased tax revenue for Cameroon. The spokesman for the Forestry Department in Cameroon acknowledges corruption, but says NGOs exaggerate facts. The EU is helping to implement a certification system that will guarantee the ability to trace exports.
Clash Between Herakles and Greenpeace (04:41)
In 2009, a U.S. investment firm launched a palm oil production scheme to replace trees with palm plants. The Cameroonian government ordered the suspension of activities after citizens united against the destruction of land with little compensation. The battle between economic development and local populations continues.
Bagyeli People (02:55)
Samuel mediates between the government of Cameroon and these indigenous people who claim a right to the land they occupy. They live between a palm oil plant and a rubber plantation. Since big game has left the area, they are forced to feed themselves on meager prey.
Indigenous Remedies Gone (02:36)
Bagyeli people no longer have plants to treat ailments. Pesticides run into the river and clean water is farther from the village. People in Central African Republic and the Democratic Republic of the Congo are starting to exploit their own ancient woodlands.
Credits: Lumberjacked (00:11)
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