Risks to Fisheries and Land Resources in Coastal Communities in Cameroon

Oil platform on Limbe’s coast in Cameroon. Photo by Carsten ten Brink.

The Nlende Dibè and Eboundja I villages are both found in the Ocean Division, South Region, Cameroon. Their inhabitants mainly rely on fishing and agriculture for food security and income. Unfortunately, these coastal communities face increasing pressure on the land and its resources, and are exposed to risks affecting their access to both fisheries and land resources. Read the full Media Briefing Note, Between Land and Sea, two coastal communities in the Ocean Division under pressure, published by RELUFA, Joining Hands Cameroon, and the LandCam project with funding from the European Union. The report provides an overview of these risks and the main recommendations from civil society to address them.

Documented Risks

  1. Risks relating to oil and port facilities
  2. Threats from climate change on fishing activities
  3. Poor consultation of fishermen (and fisher people) in decision-making
  4. Threats on access to land resources

Comprehensive Recommendations

  • Promote the participation of small-scale fishing communities in relevant fishing
    policy and decision-making processes, while ensuring the effective and equitable
    participation of women; and
  • Ensure that small-scale fishermen and their communities have fair and appropriate
    security of tenure over fishing resources (marine and inland) and over small-scale
    fishing areas and surrounding land, with a special focus on women’s tenure rights.

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