Ngoyla-Mintom Project

Ngoyla-Mintom location map
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The Ngoyla-Mintom forest block is situated in the Southeast of Cameroon. It covers 932,142 hectares over the southern Cameroon plateau. Part of the northern Congo Basin, the area is covered mostly by moist evergreen forests, interspersed in some places by swamp forests and forest clearings. The forest block is part of the landscape covered by the TRIDOM. Initially intended for logging, the area was then assigned to conservation in the late 1990s. 

Wildlife species in the area include the Drill (Mandrillus leucophaeus),


  • 37 species of big and medium sized mammals (elephant, gorilla, chimpanzee, mandrill, buffalo, bongo, sitatunga, panther, duiker, water chevrotain, etc.)
  • Wildlife surveys carried out in 2011 recorded a population of 16,422 gorillas, 4,141 chimpanzees, 120,563 duikers and 1,735 elephants in this forest block.
  • More than 280 bird species
  • Close to 230 fish species


Ensure biodiversity conservation and carbon stockage in the Ngoyla-Mintom forest bloc by the implementation of an integrated land use and participatory sustainable management plan through equitable benefits sharing for the local and indigenous populations.


  • Strengthening national and regional legislative and policy frameworks
  • Facilitating the process of land use planning
  • Community and participatory management of natural resources
  • Promotion of best social and environmental practices
  • Promotion of Payment for Ecosystem Services (PES) and REDD + initiatives


  • We accompanied the Ministry of Forestry and Wildlife in the gazettement of nine forest management units, two communal forests, and one wildlife reserve in the forest block.
  • We helped set up a Payment for Environmental Service (PES) micro-project in four villages, beginning with a reference scenario and a benefit-sharing mechanism.
  • We helped create the first ever technical operational unit for joint coordination and implementation of activities.
  • We supported the creation and management of four community forests.


1. Ivory trafficking and bushmeat poaching

2. Industrial and artisanal mining;

3. Unsustainable industrial timber exploitation and illegal small scale logging;

4. Uncontrolled sport hunting;

5. Extension of slash and burn agriculture and disorderly expansion of huge farms;

6. Extreme poverty.