Sustainable Farming and Critical Habitat Conservation (SUFACHAC) through its
implementing partner, the Environment and Rural Development Foundation (ERuDeF),
developed and signed agreements with some community initiative from Kupe
Muanenguba and Lebialem Divisions. This was done through a participatory
selection of these initiatives in a workshop that took place on April 14, 2020,
in Dschang . The gathering brought together four community initiatives (3 from
Lebialem and 1 from Kupe Muanenguba) represented by two members, each to
jointly select and develop business
The Sustainable Farming and Critical Habitat Conservation (SUFACHAC) project seeks to promote biodiversity conservation and mainstreaming in Bakossi-Banyang-Mbo-Lebialem production landscape of South West Cameroon through sustainable farming practices that improve community livelihood options and commercial opportunities.
project focus is to conserve critical habitats of endangered species in the
landscape. The Bakossi-Banyang-Mbo-Lebialem
landscape includes the following areas; Bakossi National Park (BNP),
Banyang-Mbo Wildlife Sanctuary (BMWS), Tofala Hill Wildlife Sanctuary (THWS),
proposed Njoagwi Fotabong III Essoh Attah Wildlife Sanctuary, proposed Mount Muanenguba
Herpetological Sanctuary and proposed Mount Kupe Integral Ecological Reserve.
The goal of the project is to complete the official creation of the Bakossi-Banyang/Mbo-Lebialem
(BBML) Technical Operation Unit (TOU) as well as to strengthen and manage its
protected areas network. The specific objectives are;
the Bakossi Banyang Mbo Lebialem (BBML) Technical Operation Unit (TOU), To
classify and support new protected areas for Tofala, Mt Muanenguba, and
develop, a common
M&E framework for socioeconomic & environmental performance of
conservation & development initiatives in the landscape.
- To achieve the goal of
this project, in order to strengthen the economic potential of the surrounding
communities around these protected and proposed protected areas.
The meeting was attended by 10 participants. After
creating a forum for each community initiative to make a short presentation on
its activities, number of members (men, women and youths) and the difficulties
they face. Nature’s Gift based in Fontem, Wola Multipurpose, CIG based in
Bangem and Lewoh Women Cooperative based in Lewoh were shortlisted based on the
criteria that had been put in place. In the days ahead, after discussions with
the SUFACHAC Project Management Unit, ERuDeF will be contacting the two
community initiatives that have been selected with their agreements.