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REM is the official Independent Monitor of Forest Law Enforcement and Governance in Cameroon since March 2005. A team of our legal, forestry and monitoring experts works side by side with law enforcement officers in the field and Ministries in Cameroon. REM reports to the Ministry of Forests and Fauna, the Ministry of Economy and Finance and the international donor community on how law enforcement is being carried out.

This appointment follows a first phase of the monitoring project in Cameroon that ran from 2000 to 2004. We are consolidating previous work and continue supporting the Government in lifting the entire Cameroonian forestry sector towards legality, certification and sustainability.

REM activities include:

  • Field investigations of suspected illegal logging operations with government agents
  • Producing reports of each investigation containing our observations
  • Monitoring the legal actions taken based on the findings of field investigations
  • Providing recommendations to improve forest law enforcement strategies and techniques

In this project REM works closely with the Cameroonian Ministry of Forests and Fauna examining logging operations. REM assists law enforcement officers in the documentation of logging operations using GPS and Video equipment to support established procedures.

The project provides accurate and timely information on the actions of the Ministry of Forests and Fauna to implement the national forest laws. Dysfunctions are identified and highlighted in the reports. Actions taken by Ministry officials or by the judiciary to improve law enforcement are recorded.

Regular publication of field investigation reports and periodic reviews highlight the need for reform, the illegality of private sector activities and the evolution of cases through the justice system, thereby supporting international efforts to tackle the international trade in illegally produced timber.

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