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Valuation Contests over the Commoditisation of the Moabi Tree in South-Eastern Cameroon

Sandra Veuthey and Jean-Françla;ois Gerber

Environmental Values 20 (2011): 239-264. doi: 10.3197/096327111X12997574391805


We analyse the nature of grassroots conflicts over the commercial logging of moabi (Baillonella toxisperma) by foreign firms in South-eastern Cameroon. Moabi offers a good starting point for understanding forest resistances because it crystallises nature conservation, commercial, as well as local interests as it provides oil, medicine and other use values to local populations and particularly to women. Combining a political ecology approach with elements of ecological economics, we find that the conflicts on moabi extraction can be analysed in terms of conflicting languages of valuation - the defence of livelihood and customary institutions versus economic growth and the national laws. We discuss the historical and institutional components of the conflicts as well as the specific role of women.


Environmental conflicts; property rights; forest commercial exploitation; commodity chain; environmental valuation

REFERENCES to other articles in Environmental Values:

Realms of Value: Conflicting Natural Resource Values and Incommensurability. Sarah Fleisher Trainor

The Environment as a Commodity Arild Vatn

CITATIONS in other Environmental Values articles

Editorial: Terrible Economics, Ecosystems and Banking. Clive L. Spash

Governance and Images: Representations of Certified Southern Producers in High-Quality Design Markets. Anja Nygren

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