Illegal Logging: Authorities Impound Over 20 Trucks in Douala
More than 20 trucks loaded with illegally exploited species of wood were confiscated in Douala over the weekend as part of operation “coup de poing,” the Minister of forestry and Fauna, Philip Ngole Ngwese, launched on February the 22nd, 2013.
Consisting of banned species, the governor of the Littoral region, Joseph Beti Assomo, made the discovery last February the 28th, in the course of an unannounced stop at Youpwe, a neighborhood in Douala were trade in wood flourishes. Along with him were authorities from the ministry charged with the operation and lead by its Chief, Jean Nyeng, reports the Cameroon Tribune.
Bubinga, Debema, Azobe, Ayous, Iroko, Kocipo, Sapeli… cut down in the southern Cameroon zone dominated by the equatorial rain forest were among the species confiscated. “This operation is to respect the engagements Cameroon took with foreign donors and international partners,” said Jean Nyeng. Concerning the confiscated wood, they will be auctioned, and as for the culprits, “the law will be applied,” Beti Assomo indicated.