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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.
What We Do
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
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
Innovative education and outreach programmes on environment protection and biodiversity conservation.
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
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
Degraded land restored through community forestry and agroforestry programmes
Protected Areas established to conserve threatened species
Built capacities of civil society organisations on innovative conservation and environmental programmes
People sensitised on conservation and environmental education
People trained on advanced bio-monitoring and innovative surveillance methods
Local conservation based institution such as Village Forest Management Committees are strengthened and capacitated
International volunteers trained on sustainable conservation and environmental programmes
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