Founded in 1968, the Société d’Exploitation Forestière et Agricole du Cameroun (SEFAC) is based in the South-East region and more precisely on the Cameroonian shore of the Sangha River. Since then, she has been involved in logging and has helped set up a locality called Libongo. During the 1990s, two other forestry companies were added: the Central African Timber Exploitation Corporation (SEBAC) and the Wood Sector (FB), together with the Sefac Group.
The Sefac Group companies are now the beneficiaries of five forest concessions all located in South-East Cameroon and covering almost 405,000 ha of forest. Renowned for its biodiversity potential, it is full of abundant and varied forest and wildlife resources, 10,000 species of plants, 1,000 species of birds and 400 species of mammals (Alphonse Ngiado, external monitoring 2009), this region is part of the forest massif of the Congo Basin which is the second big tropical forest next to that of the Amazon.
Recognizing the potential of its forests and concerned about a socially beneficial, economically viable and environmentally friendly management of forests, Groupe Sefac has been committed since 2003 to the process of sustainable management of its forest concessions. Was awarded in 2007 the certificate of good forest management and the reliability of its chain of traceability of the products put on the international market.
In order to highlight in a significant way the impact of the exploitation on the ecological balance of its FMUs, the Sefac Group has set itself the objective of monitoring and evaluating the damage of its AACs already exploited and in progress To propose strategies for improvement for future interventions. This will allow it not only to have a clear idea of the overall degradation situation of each AAC, but also to remain in compliance with the requirements of the management plans.
Status of socio-economic indicators of the localities of Libongo e Béla (PDF in French – 3,6MB)