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International Journal of Forestry Research
Volume 2012, Article ID 871068, 9 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2012/871068
Research Article

Participatory Resource Mapping for Livelihood Values Derived from the Forest in Ekondo-Titi Subregion, Cameroon: A Gender Analysis

1Department of Forest Sciences, Viikki Tropical Resources Institute (VITRI), University of Helsinki, P.O. Box 27, 00014 Helsinki, Finland
2Faculty of Law, University of Helsinki, P.O. Box 4, 00014 Helsinki, Finland

Received 3 September 2011; Revised 15 December 2011; Accepted 27 December 2011

Academic Editor: John Sessions

Copyright © 2012 Daniel B. Etongo and Edinam K. Glover. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

Increasingly, the multiplicity of products, services, and values, and the diversity of interests from different resource users and groups, is being acknowledged as vital for sustainable use. This calls for a shift from protection to sustainable use and to resource-user focus. The aim of this study is to identify the spatial occurrence of livelihood values through participatory resource mapping, their changes over time and alternatives for sustainable management. A participatory resource mapping study was conducted with local community, including important stakeholders in Ekondo-Titi subregion of Cameroon. The research technique which focused on gender revealed different patterns of forest resources and changes on the landscape. The study concludes that the importance of resources varies between men and women in Ekondo-Titi subregion of Cameroon, implying that resources may have multipurpose functions, but its exact role depends on the needs of the user groups that utilize them. The divergence of opinion on certain resources is a clear indication of preferences that are gender motivated. The study also revealed that the greatest impact of land use change is the conversion of forest land into agriculture.