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The regulatory framework for the exploitation of medicinal plants in Cameroon: The case of Prunus africana on Mount Cameroon

The regulatory framework for the exploitation of medicinal plants in Cameroon: The case of Prunus africana on Mount Cameroon

Biodiversity and Conservation 6(10): 1409-1412

ISSN/ISBN: 0960-3115

DOI: 10.1023/a:1018393831348

Before the beginning of its large scale exploitation by a European pharmaceutical company in 1972, the tree species Prunus africana was known in Cameroon only for traditional uses. The present exploitation may lead to its extinction on Mount Cameroon. This paper explains the destruction of P. africana within the current regulatory framework and recommends stricter compliance with the regulations, which would guarantee survival of this species in the wild. Field observations are also presented.

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