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International Scholarly Research Notices
Volume 2014 (2014), Article ID 323014, 8 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2014/323014
Research Article

An Examination of Forest Certification Status among Logging Companies in Cameroon

1Institute for Environment and Sanitation Studies, International House, University of Ghana, 1 Annie Jiagge Road, Legon, Accra, Ghana
2World Agroforestry Centre Regional Office, P.O. Box 16317, Yaoundé, Cameroon
3World Agroforestry Centre, P.O. Box 30677, Nairobi 00100, Kenya

Received 24 June 2014; Accepted 9 December 2014; Published 31 December 2014

Academic Editor: Beatriz Junquera

Copyright © 2014 Daniel Nukpezah et al. 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

This paper assesses the level of interest, awareness, and adoption of ISO 14001 and Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certification schemes among logging companies in Cameroon. Eleven logging companies located in Douala in the Littoral Region of Cameroon were assessed through a structured interview using an administered questionnaire which was mostly analyzed qualitatively thereafter. The findings indicated that none of the companies was certified for ISO 14001; however 63.64% of them were already FSC-certified. Four companies (36.36%) were neither FSC- nor ISO 14001 EMS-certified. Among the factors found to influence the adoption rate was the level of awareness about ISO 14001 and FSC certification schemes. The main drivers for pursuing FSC certification were easy penetration into international markets, tax holiday benefits, and enhancement of corporate image of the logging companies through corporate social responsibility fulfillments. Poor domestic market for certified products was found to be the major impediment to get certified. To make logging activities more environmentally friendly and socially acceptable, logging companies should be encouraged to get certified through the ISO 14001 EMS scheme which is almost nonexistent so far. This requires awareness creation about the scheme, encouraging domestic markets for certified products and creating policy incentives.