Analysis of Chinese investments in non-forest environment affecting the forest land-use in Cameroon

The Chinese presence on the African continent in general and in Central Africa in particular is not something new. However, it has grown phenomenally over the past twenty years. Indeed, trade with China has increased twelve-fold in fifteen years. After becoming Africa’s largest trading partner in 2009, China won the title of the biggest donor and pledged, during the 6th China-Africa Summit held from 4 to 6 December 2015 in Johannesburg (South Africa), to raise the amount of loans to the continent to 60 billion US dollars in the 2016-2018 period. As for trade between Africa and China, it reached nearly 200 billion US dollars in 2012.

The overall objective of this study is to improve the governance of Chinese investments in areas related to land management through the improvement of rules and practices of economic operators. From this perspective, four different sectors have been the focus of this research: agro-industry, artisanal (semi-mechanized) mining, infrastructure and trade in wildlife.

This report has been prepared as part of the China-Africa Forest Governance Project coordinated by the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED).

The report is available here.