Welcome to International Network for Natural Sciences | INNSpub

Paper Details

Research Paper | October 1, 2016

VIEWS 6
| Download 2

Contribution of traditional institutions to the sustainable management of sacred forests: Case study of Mankon sacred forests northwest region, Cameroon

Tsi Evaristus Angwafo, Billa Samuel Fru, Fotang Chefor

Key Words:


J. Bio. Env. Sci.9(4), 1-19, October 2016

Certification:

JBES 2016 [Generate Certificate]

Abstract

This study was carried out during the period of July to December 2013, with the aim of determining the contributions of traditional institutions, knowledge and practices on the sustainable management of sacred forests. Participatory Rural Appraisal (PRA) approach, questionnaires, semi-structured interviews and focus group discussions were conducted to128 inhabitants in seven quarters in the Mankon fondom. The results showed that traditional, administrative and political institutions such as the kwifo, FO’ (king of Mankon), and the Mankon Traditional Council were the major actors protecting the potentials of the Mankon sacred forest and the socio-economic development of the fondom. Forty eight percent (48%) of the respondents did not have access and control over the sacred forest due to the cultural beliefs, taboos, customary laws and myths. The main motivation was the belief that the destruction of the sacred forest will result to cultural ethnocide. It was also discovered that the statutory law recognized the existence of traditional institutions especially the FO’ but failed to state specifically its exact position in the scheme of forests governance, thereby weakening these institutions that ought to contribute in protecting sacred forests. The factors found to affect the efficiency of traditional institutions; knowledge and practice were age, gender, education, modern religion and westernisation. The study concluded that traditional institutions have made significant impact on the sustainable management of sacred forests, governance and administration of the Mankon fondom. It recommends that the government should incorporate sacred forests into the protected area system of forest management in Cameroon.

VIEWS 6

Copyright © 2016
By Authors and International Network for
Natural Sciences (INNSPUB)
http://innspub.net
This article is published under the terms of the Creative
Commons Attribution Liscense 4.0

Contribution of traditional institutions to the sustainable management of sacred forests: Case study of Mankon sacred forests northwest region, Cameroon

Appiah OS. 2007. Indigenous beliefs and environmental stewardship: a rural Ghana experience. Journal of Cultural Geography 22 : 79-88.

Bhagwat    SA, Rutte C. 2006. Sacred groves: potential for biodiversity management. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, p519–524.

Bonye S. 2006. Role of institutions in natural resource management in Northern Ghana. Compass Magazine for Endogenous Development, No. 7.

Bonye S, Millar D. 2004. Traditional Institutions: Entry Points for endogenous Development. Compass Magazine for Endogenous Develop 23-34.

Castr PE, Bagamaspad A, Cardenas M, Josef J, Tolentino L. 2001. Mainstreaming Indigenous Health, Knowledge and Practices. Center for Integrative and Development Studies Diliman, Quezon City, Philippines.

Chandrakanth  MG,  Bhat  MG,  Accavva  MS, 2004. Socio-economic changes and sacred groves in south India: Protecting a community-based resource management institution. Natural Resources Forum, p102-111.

Cho SL. 2004. Transmitting Culture and Local Wisdom: Case Study of Hmong and Karen Communities in Thailand. 252 Moo 2, Chiang Mai 50210 p.

Congo Basin Forest Partnership (CBFP). 2014. What is the economic and social value of the forest sector in the Congo Basin: the case of Cameroon. http://pfbccbfp.org/news_en/items/unilavaln.html.

Dudley N, Higgins ZL, Mansourian S. 2009. The links between protected areas, faiths, and sacred natural sites Conservation Biology 23(3), 568.

Eballa Y, Angamo AE, 2013. Eballa Y, Angamo AE. 2013. Some notes on Zintgraff’s punitive expedition against the Mankon people (Excerpts, translations and comments). 34-45 P.

Egute TO. 2012. Modern Law and Local Tradition in Forest Heritage Conservation in Cameroon: The Case of Korup. PhD Thesis, University of Brandenburg, Germany, 23-150.

Enchaw GB, Njobdi I. 2013. Tenure Security of the Baka Pygmies: Incentivizing Participation in Forest Conservation & REDD + In: Tebtebba Foundation, 2013. Ed Indigenous Peoples, Forests & REDD plus: Volume II. P 2-67.

Eyong CT. 2010. Why ignore Ekpwe rules? The regulation of forest use by a secret society in Korup National Park, Cameroon. ZEF Development Studies LIT Verlag Berlin.

Foncho P. 2013. FO Ndefru Nukwi festival. In: Eballa Y, Angamo AE, Ed. Focus on Niikwi Nii Fo NdeFru III. Mankon Cultural Festival. 23rd -31st December, 1884. P 6-9.

Freddie SS. 2007. Local Vegetation Use and Traditional Conservation Practices in the Zambian Rural Community: Implications on Forest Stability. ISSN: 1653-834X.

Georg L, Wolf L. 2004. Traditional Structures in Local Governance for Local Development Berne, Switzerland.

Godbole A, Sarnaik, J. 2004. Tradition of sacred groves and communities contribution in their conservation. Pune, India: Applied Environmental Research Foundation.

Hawkins P, Brunt M. 1965. Soils and ecology of West Cameroon. Vol 2, FAO. 516 p.

Himberg N. 2006. Community-based Ecotourism as a Sustainable Development Option in the Taita Hills, Kenya. Master thesis, University of Helsinki, Finland, 134.

IUCN. 2010. Red List of Threatened Species Version 2010. Available under: www.iucnredlist.org.

Kounga GJ. 2013. Overview of Land Grab for Conservation in Cameroon Since 2000. Centre for International Sustainable Development Law, cisdl London.

Lelewal D. 2011. Indigenous Women and Climate Change in South Cameroon. In: Tebtebba, F, Ed. Indigenous Peoples, Forests & REDD plus: Sustaining & Enhancing Forests through Traditional Resource Management 2, 120-134 p.

MINFOF, 2010. Forestry and Wildlife Sector. Avant-garde of biodiversity conservation in Cameroon.

MINFOF. 2013. Order No. 0565/A/MINEF/DFAP/SDF/SRC to set the list of animals of class A, B and C, distributing animal species per type of hunting permit and whose killing are authorised.

Ndeloh DE, Luc H, Z..jef P, 2007. Traditional Knowledge Systems and the Conservation of Cross River Gorillas: a Case Study of Bechati, Fossimondi, Cameroon C/D 83/F8 B-1090 Brussels, Belgium.

North DC. 1990. Institutions, institutional change and economic performance. Cambridge University press. UK.

Notue JP, Bianca T, 2005. The treasure of the Mankon Kingdom. Arts, Heritage and Culture from the Mankon kingdom. Books of IFA, COE/IFA.

Ntomnifor RF. 2013. Community Tourism and Nature Protection in the Mankon community. Mankon travelers guide. 2nd edition.

OCOTONAP. 2013. Organisation for Community Tourism and Nature Protection: Tourism business and marketing plans for local communities, municipal councils and institutions. P.O Box 102, Bamenda II.

Ormsby A. 2013. Analysis of Local Attitudes toward the Sacred Groves of Meghalaya and Karnataka, India. Conservation Soc 187-97.

Saj TL, Mather C, Sicotte P. 2006. Traditional taboos in biological conservation: the case of Colobus vellerosus at the Boabeng-Fiema Monkey Sanctuary, Central Ghana. Social Science Information 45, 285– 307.

Saka OJ, Emmanuel TI, Adesoji A. 2012. The Role of Traditional Laws and Taboos in Wildlife Conservation in the Oban Hill Sector of Cross River National Park (CRNP), Nigeria. J Hum Ecol. 39(3), 209-219.

Sherpa PD, Gelu S, Khim G, Lama K. 2013. Revitalizing Customary Governance & Strengthening Traditional Knowledge on Natural Resource Management in Nepal. In: Indigenous Peoples, Forests & REDD plus: Sustaining & Enhancing Forests through Traditional Resource Management. Volume 11(2), 196-268.

Tchamou N. 2007. Sacred Forests and Community Forests at the Crossroads for Biodiversity Conservation in Central Africa: Case Study of Cameroon. Master thesis, University of Columbus USA.

Thomas G, Simon S. 2011. Governance of Ecosystem Services. (Eds.) Gland, Switzerland: IUCN.140 p.

Tsi EA. 2006. Status of wildlife and its utilisation in Faro and Benue National Parks north Cameroon: Case study of the Derby Eland (Taurotragus derbianus gigas Gray, 1974) and the African wild dog (Lycaon pictus Temminck, 1840) Brandenburg Technical University Cottbus – Germany.

Tumnde MS. 2001. Integrating law and local customs in forest resource management around the Mount Cameroon region. In: Lambi C.M and Eze B.E. (Eds.), Reading in Geography, Unique Printers, Bamenda.

UNDP/UNEP/GEF, 2001. Integration of Biodiversity into National Environmental Assessment Procedures: National Case Studies, Cameroon. Produced for the Biodiversity Planning Support Programme.

United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity (UNCBD). 2007. Traditional knowledge newsletter of the Convention on Biological Diversity. CBD www.cbd.int/doc/newsletters/  news-8j-01-low-en pdf.

Usongo LI, 1998. Conservation status of primates in Cameroon. Primate Conservation, 59-65 p.

WACameroon, 2010. Women in Action against Gender Based Violence. Strategic action Plan 2010-2014. Registration No. 085/e.29/1111/vol8/APPB.

WWF. 2010. World Wide Fund for Nature. Living Planet Report. WWF International, Gland, Switzerland. 110 p.

Yasuo T, Diogo V, Douglas CM, Archana G, 2012. Stakeholder Perceptions of Potential Flagship Species for the Sacred Groves of the Northwestern Ghats, India, An International Journal Human Dimensions of Wildlife 17(4), 257-269 p.

SUBMIT MANUSCRIPT

Style Switcher

Select Layout
Chose Color
Chose Pattren
Chose Background