DOUALA, Cameroon

The state of Cameroon’s mangrove forests is deplorable due to numerous destructive practices, according to local experts.

In a study entitled Threats to Mangroves in Cameroon, Ulrich Waffo, a Cameroonian academic, detailed the importance of mangroves for the country. According to Waffo, 80% of the fish species caught at sea depend on mangroves.

The wood found there is used to build canoes and make fire to smoke fish to be preserved. Rattans from the mangroves are also used to make furniture and many art objects.

Mangrove forests are also rich in oil and gas resources and also

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