The project will develop a land prioritisation tool for the Nguti district, which will allow ecological, social and economic values to be considered in unison when making land planning decisions, enabling a transparent and open decision process.
There has been limited experience of drafting land use plans in the region that can reconcile the various interests in land, in a balanced and negotiated manner, in particular in the context of the emerging REDD+ (Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation) mechanism to valorise carbon stocks. As a result, European Forest Institute (EFI)’s REDD+ Facility identified the need for transparent spatial planning tool that better addresses both social and environmental concerns as a pre-requisite for the responsible implementation of REDD+.
This tool will facilitate the transparent sharing of information between multiple stakeholders to explore and discuss potential social, environmental and economic impacts of e.g. oil palm, but also compare such options with the potential offered by other agricultural commodities (such as cocoa, staple food crops for local markets, etc.) and other land uses, such as maintenance of high carbon stock forests for REDD+ projects.
The objective of this work is to “assemble and present new spatial information, balancing economic interests with social and environmental dimensions, for strategic and inclusive national discussion for more sustainable land use planning in the context of development of palm oil in Cameroon, using a methodology that can be extended to other forest-risk commodities and other countries in the region.”
The focus is thus on supporting better land use planning in preparation for new pressures on land (including e.g. oil palm development, other commodities, REDD+ projects, etc.). The approach will respond to the current interest of the Government to launch multi-sectoral land use planning in the context of the 2011 Orientation Law on Land Management & Sustainable Development.
The LTS team is advising EFI on tools to assist with spatial planning around land use decisions. LTS is responsible for the development of: