A piece of history: the Yaounde Summit



Yaoundé Declaration: conserving the forests of the Green Heart of Africa

The darkest jungles of Africa that are so steeped in myth, legend and tales, are also one of the most important scientific reservoirs of life known to man. In terms of their importance and value to the world, to man himself, the jungles of the Congo Basin should never be underestimated.
Many of the inhabitants of these forests remain threatened and even undiscovered, and apart from the magnificence of their presence, these forests could hold the key to future medical advances in the treatment of human ailments.

Presidents' Protection

In March 1999, for the first time ever in the history of the African continent, presidents and leaders from the region - people with vision and awareness of value in the diversity of life - came together to plan the protection of the incalculable natural riches of the Congo Basin forests.

These same people gathered again in 2005 on the 4th & 5th February to build on the successful and groundbreaking moves made during that first summit in 1999 which many have come to refer to as the Yaoundé Forest Summit.