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ERuDeF
ERuDeF
The Environment and
Rural Development Foundation
Saving Rain-forests, Conserving Species, Impacting lives
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ERuDeF
Agroforestry and
agricultural Development
Improving food security and income of resource-poor farmers through restoration of degraded agricultural lands in Cameroon
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ERuDeF
Conservation
Safeguarding globally threatened species through
protected areas and corridor management.

Saving Rainforests

Rainforests are often called the lungs of the planet for their role in absorbing carbon dioxide, they absorb 30 percent of the world’s CO2 emission each year...

Conserving Species

The health of an ecosystem is maintained by its plants and animals. When species become endangered, it is a sign of an ecosystem’s imbalance...

Impacting Lives

Indigenous and local communities play a vital role in wildlife conservation and environment protection. Comprising less than 5 percent of the world’s population,..

About us

Environment and Rural Development Foundation (ERuDeF) is an award-winning non-profit Cameroonian conservation organization established in 1999. ERuDeF has been working for over two decades across Cameroon and has significantly contributed towards restoring fragile Eco-system, regeneration of forest through plantation and agroforestry, conservation of biodiversity through wildlife habitat protection and protected area management. ERuDeF is also promoting environmental education, as well as empowering rural communities through innovative economic and livelihood development programmes.

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What We Do

Conservation

Safeguarding globally threatened species through protected areas and corridor management.

Agroforestry and agricultural Development

Improving food security and income of resource-poor farmers through restoration of degraded agricultural lands in Cameroon

Forestry

Contributing towards biodiversity conservation through sustainable management of forest resources.

Access and Benefit Sharing (ABS) Initiative

Promote equitable sharing of benefits accruing from the exploitation of genetic resources and indigenous and traditional knowledge in Cameroon

Environmental Education

Innovative education and outreach programmes on environment protection and biodiversity conservation.

Research

Primarily focused on local flora and fauna, preparing scientific advice on ecological and natural resource management, conducting ecological surveys and biodiversity monitoring.

WHERE WE WORK

ERuDeF is working across South-west, North-west, Littoral and East Regions of Cameroon. According to the Organisation’s Strategic Action Plan for next 15 years, ERuDeF has decided to extend its operation across the Northern Regions of Cameroon with a special focus on the Lake Chad basin and Tchabal Mbabo Mountains. Globally, ERuDeF is also planning to work in the Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo and Gabon.  

THE ERuDeF APPROACH

4 RETURNS

Our holistic restoration approach combines and connects 3 different landscape zones, for a period of 20 years, delivering 4 returns as follows

Return of Inspiration

Giving people hope and a sense of purpose.

Return of Social Capital

Bringing back jobs, business activity, education and security

Return of Natural Capital

Restoring biodiversity, soil and water quality

Return of Financial Capital

Realising long-term sustainable profit

3 ZONES

Natural Zone

Combined Zone

Economic Zone

Investments

  • Restoring vegetation
  • Planting native trees and clearing invasive species
  • Natural restoration
  • Limited maintenance

Investments

  • Restoring landscape
  • Planting usable trees
  • Restoring perennial vegetation and soil
  • Limited maintenance

Investments

  • Regenerative agriculture, forestry, livestock
  • Real estate, infrastructure that fits the landscape

Return

  • CO2 capture, water, soil
  • Restored biodiversity
  • Forestry, hunting
  • Tourism

Return

  • CO2 capture, water, soil
  • Partially restored biodiversity
  • Agroforestry, fruit trees, timber
  • Tourism

Return

  • CO2 capture, water, soil
  • Crops and products
  • New businesses, new collaborations
  • Economic development

OUR IMPACT

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Villages covered
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Trees planted
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Hectares of land Restored

Degraded land restored through community forestry and agroforestry programmes

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Hectares of land protected.

Protected Areas established to conserve threatened species

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Critically endangered Cross River gorillas Conserved
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Endangered Nigeria-Cameroon chimpanzees Conserved
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Vulnerable African elephants Conserved
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Species of amphibians Conserved
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Civil Society Organisations

Built capacities of civil society organisations on innovative conservation and environmental programmes

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People sensitised

People sensitised on conservation and environmental education

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People trained

People trained on advanced bio-monitoring and innovative surveillance methods

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Local conservation based institutions

Local conservation based institution such as Village Forest Management Committees are strengthened and capacitated

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International volunteers trained

International volunteers trained on sustainable conservation and environmental programmes

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Farmers empowered

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