Ngoyla-Mintom Forest Block

Ngoyla-Mintom location map
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The Ngoyla-Mintom forest block is situated between the Nki National Park and Dja Biosphere Reserve in the East and South regions of Cameroon. It covers 932,142 hectares and is the largest expanse of undisturbed tropical rainforest in Cameroon. The area is an important wildlife corridor within the TRIDOM protected area complex. Initially intended for logging, the area was then assigned to conservation in the late 1990s. It is a priority area for conservation in the Congo Basin.


The Ngoyla-Mintom forest block is inhabited by over 10,000 people spreading across 60 villages. Most belong to the Fang, Djem, Nzimé and BaAka ethnic groups. A large number people from other parts of Cameroon and beyond have settled in the area attracted by the booming infrastructure and developing projects. The indigenous BaAka people make up 30% of the total population.
Most people live on rural activities such as subsistence agriculture, small-scale livestock and fisheries and depend on natural resources for their survival, through hunting and non-timber forest products. A small number are employed by the forest and mining sectors. The vast majority live below the poverty line.

Our Objective

Ensure the conservation of biodiversity and the maintenance of the carbon stock in the Ngoyla-Mintom forest block through the implementation of integrated and participatory land-use planning, participatory sustainable management of natural resources and equitable benefit sharing with the local populations, including indigenous people.

What We Are Doing

  • Strengthening national and regional legislative and policy frameworks
  • Facilitating the process of land use planning of 1 million ha
  • Community and participatory management of natural resources
  • Promotion of best social and environmental practices
  • Promotion of Payment for Ecosystem Services (PES) and REDD + initiatives

Main Achievements

  • We supported participatory land use process resulting in the creation of Ngoyla Wildlife Reserve (156,672 ha) covering the main hotspot of large mammals of the Ngoyla-Mintom forest block.
  • We promoted community-based participatory management resulting in the creation and allocation of 9 community forests covering a total of 35,025 ha.
  • 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 provided technical and financial support to local communities to create 11 hectares of cocoa farm, 11 cocoa plant nurseries (a total of 28,000 plants) and more than 10 ha of food crop farms.
  • We supported the process that led to the adoption by Cameroon’s Forest Ministry of stringent social and environmental obligations to promote sustainable forest management in Ngoyla-Mintom forest block.

More Information

For more information, in French, please check WWF's project website:
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Ngoyla Mintom is home to a large population of mandrills - the world's largest monkeys.
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The dense, humid, evergreen forests hold exceptional biodiversity, including: 
37 species of large mammals (elephant, lowland gorilla, chimpanzee, mandrill, buffalo, leopard, etc) and antelopes and deer (bongo, sitatunga, duiker, water chevrotain, etc.) 
More than 280 bird species
Almost 230 species of fish
The elephant population is estimated at 2,500 individuals. They move between Ngoyla-Mintom and neighbouring protected areas.
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Location of the project in the site
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1. Ivory trafficking and bushmeat poaching
2. Industrial and artisanal mining (nickel, cobalt, gold)
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
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Cocoa seedling nursery
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