(Business in Cameroon) - Authorities want asustainable management and conservation of the mangrove ecosystem. Out of the 3 billion francs CFA, the World Environment Fund, grouping 182 countries will give 800 million francs CFA to the project dubbed, “Community sustainable management and conservation of the mangrove ecosystem in Cameroon.” On its part, the government of Cameroon will give 700 million francs CFA. Cameroon wildlife and Cameroon Ecology will donate 445 and 350 million francs CFA respectively. Meanwhile the United Nations Food Agricultural Organization (FAO) will give 200 million francs CFA while FAO-Cameroun will finance preliminary studies.
2500 hectares of mangrove disappear annually during the last two decades. Cameroon has preserved 195,000 hectares of its mangrove.
According to a 2009 study by Ulrich Waffo of Yaoundé I University, 5000 tons of fish is fished in the mangroves – bossu,bar, mulet, machoiron are some of the types fished in these mangroves, the most sought after by consumers.
Regrettably, inhabitants around the mangroves use them as fuel thereby degrading the resource.