Indigenous Strategies for Communual Resource Management in Oku, North West Region of Cameroon
Social Sciences
Volume 8, Issue 4, August 2019, Pages: 160-169
Received: Apr. 23, 2019; Accepted: Jun. 3, 2019; Published: Jul. 15, 2019
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Cordelia Givecheh Kometa, Department of Topography and Real Estate Management, Higher Technical Teachers’ Training College, University of Buea, Kumba, Cameroon
Livinus Vernyuy Wirnkar, Department of Topography and Real Estate Management, Higher Technical Teachers’ Training College, University of Buea, Kumba, Cameroon
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The exploitation of common property resources has often witnessed rapid degradation due to indiscriminate exploitation for selfish reasons. The Oku Community Forest is a replica of this type of forest that has been under human influence since time immemorial. Taking into consideration the fact that institutions have failed to meet up with sustainable management strategies, the management of these forest resources depends unavoidably on the holistic approach which requires local communities and institutions to make use of indigenous technology in resource management. This study focuses on the indigenous strategies in communal resource management in the Oku Community Forest. Data for the study were collected using both primary and secondary sources with much emphasis on the administration of questionnaires. The data were analysed in both qualitative and quantitative terms. The relationship between population increase, communal resource exploitation and the impact on the environment was correlated through the use of the chi square. From field evidence, there is a relationship between population increase, the over exploitation of communal resources and communal resource degradation. The study therefore recommends the community based resource management as a panacea for sustainable community forest resources in the Oku Community Forest. This will help to limit over exploitation and thus could enhance a sustainable management of the communal forest resources.
Indigenous Strategies, Communal Resources, Management, Oku Community Forest
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Cordelia Givecheh Kometa, Livinus Vernyuy Wirnkar, Indigenous Strategies for Communual Resource Management in Oku, North West Region of Cameroon, Social Sciences. Vol. 8, No. 4, 2019, pp. 160-169. doi: 10.11648/
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