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LOCATED IN CENTRAL Africa, the Republic of Cameroon has a land area of 183,568 sq. mi. (475,442 sq. km.), a population of 17,795,000 (July 2005 est.), and a population density of 97 people per sq. mi. (37 people per sq. km.). With 80 percent of the population involved in agriculture, arable land accounts for 13 percent of the country. A further 4 percent is used for meadows and pasture. Fifty-four percent of the land is covered in forest. The forestry industry specializes in tropical hardwoods such as mahogany, ebony, and sapele.

With an underdeveloped economy, Cameroon has a low rate of carbon dioxide emissions, with 0.1 metric tons per capita in 1990, rising to 0.23 metric tons in 2003. About 87 percent of Cameroon's carbon ...

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