AREMD Cameroon was initiated in 1998 by Dr. Kom Ewang due to a concern about the state of the rural communities’ environment. He saw the need to establish community-based afforestation and reforestation projects in rural areas following
massive deforestation in rural areas in the past decades. Deforestation has deprived many rural communities of their livelihoods which are traditionally centered on forest reserves. The team believed that restoration of forests in
communal areas in Cameroon will help rural communities derive an income from forests resources and provide the much-needed food and fruits from non-timber products.
AREMD Cameroon was officially registered as a NGO in 2001 with the Deeds Registry Office in Yaounde.