The Cameroon government announced that a logging concession for Ebo Forest, which was approved three weeks ago, has been cancelled. Ebo Forest is a large, intact forest system in southwestern Cameroon that is a refuge for a number of endangered and critically endangered species, including a population of Nigeria-Cameroon chimpanzees with a unique repertoire of tool use. While conservationists are optimistic about this news, they are also concerned that the future of the forest still remains uncertain. The Cameroon prime minister’s office recently announced it was suspending plans to log Ebo Forest, a large intact forest system in southwestern Cameroon that spans 200,000 hectares (about 500,000 acres), and is home to a number of rare and endangered species. This news comes three weeks after the Cameroon government released a decree confirming that a logging concession in Ebo Forest had been approved , opening up 68,385 hectares (169,000 acres) of forest, about half the size of London, to logging activities. While the government said that logging would bring wealth and job opportunities for the local communities, conservationists cast doubt on these claims, pointing out that logging operations elsewhere in Cameroon have not previously benefited residents. Activists also said that the […]

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