Accessible technologies and FPIC: independent monitoring with forest communities in Cameroon
This report describes a project to improve forest governance in Cameroon by strengthening the capacity of forest communities to monitor their resource use, document their territory and present their findings to relevant stakeholders. The project created a platform for community advocacy, strengthening communities' voice in discussions about land rights and illegal logging. It also aimed to ensure government accountability to the FLEGT process (Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade), by developing a model for community involvement in monitoring for FLEGT and timber traceability. The project used a collaborative approach to develop and test digital technologies for use by indigenous and local communities to map and monitor their resources. The report described the challenges, process and methodology used. It illustrates the advantages of applying and FPIC process and shows that new technologies can be relevant and accessible to local and indigenous people.
The project was developed by a group of organisations led by the UK-based software development company, Helveta, which has responsibility for timber traceability in Cameroon. It ran from 2008 to 2011.