Discover how Acasia plant is revolutionizing agriculture in the western high plateau

Acacia catechu, a
multipurpose tree, is a leguminous species promoted by the Department of
Agriculture at ERuDeF. As part of the implementation of the Forest Gardens
Programme  in Cameroon, A. catechu seeds are germinated in forest
gardens nurseries, then the seedlings are transplanted in forest gardens by ERuDeF
technicians, who monitor them in the targeted landscapes.

In the village of Bakassa in the Haut Nkam, Western Cameroon, farmers develop their forest gardens by planting A. catechu trees as live fences. Between rows of A. catechu they plant annual crops like corn, beans etc. The choice of crops depend on the growing season and the demands of the market.

Nitcheu Jean in his Forest Garden

“Before the introduction of A. catechu in my village by ERuDeF, I used to travel long distances to get stakes for climbing crops I cultivate on my farm. Now that A. catechu trees surround my farm, I don’t go any where again. Besides A. catechu trees that surrounds  also act a live fence” Nitcheu Jean said with a broad smile on his face.

The management of A. catechu trees in the forest gardens depends on harvest time and needs space. For instance, after harvesting annual crops like corn, beans, etc., the A. catechu treesare left behind to continue growing. During the next planting season, A. catechu branches are pruned, and the leaves placed on the soil to improve organic matter, moisture and overall fertility. The dried branches serve as stakes for yams, and climbing bean. They are also used as firewood.

Miss Tchagoue Jeanne has been actively involved in the forest gardens programme  sinc 2019. "I no longer need to go to the forest to find stakes for my climbing crops, the stems of A. catechu provide us with more than enough". Tchagoue Jeanne remarked with a a lot of satisfaction.

The choice of multipurpose tree species to plant in the Forest Gardens is therefore crucial to the adoption of agroforestry techniques by rural populations. 

A. catechu trees are useful to many other farmers in Bakassa village and today they cannot be separated from them.

"I am already making  A. catechu nursery  for myself to fill in the empty spaces in my Forest Garden, because, A. catechu tree is very useful." Tchagoue Jeanne added.

Two women ( ERuDeF staff in the middle) in Bakassa village proud to use A. catechu tree in their Forest gardens.

Discover how Tchuenna Jeanne is using
acacia to cultivate climbing beans.

Climbing beans are tall vinyl plants that grow upwards
off the ground by twisting round any support that the vines can find. Prized
for their tender, fleshy pods, the two most popular types are runner beans and
French beans.

These beans are bigger in size, have more pods per
plants, resistant to disease and have a ready market in and out of Cameroon.
Climbing beans have been proven to be the best type to grow for both domestic
and commercial purposes. These are the same as the usual beans most of us know,
only that they grow by climbing onto anything that supports them.

Acacia trees when mature, the branches are cut and
used for several purposes such as wood. Tchueana Jeanne, a forest garden farmer
in Bakassa, Haut-Nkam Division, uses these branches as support to grow climbing
beans in her forest garden. Also, she uses maize to prop the climbing beans as
an intercrop. She grows climbing beans for domestic and commercial purposes. “I
make a lot of profit from the sale of these climbing beans especially when the
price of a bucket of beans rises to about FCFA12000”, Jeanne said.

According to Dr Michael Ugen, a Principal Research
Officer at National Crops Resources Research Institute (NaCRRI) at Namulonge,
when given adequate attention, climbing beans yield twice as much as “bush
beans”. Also, they bear many pods per plant than the other types. “Climbing
beans can yield 2,500 to 3,500 kilograms per hectare which is much more than
the “bush beans”. This is because, climbing beans when well supported to climb
as high as they can, bear more pods per plant which is not the case with bush
beans,” he explained.

Climbing beans also mature faster under a favorable
climate, have attractive flowers, are tasty, drop leaves when mature which
improves on soil fertility and have a larger bean size.

Jeanne Tchueana encourages other farmers by saying one
of the ways to reap big from climbing beans, is to ensure the land on which
they are to be grown is well prepared with no weeds, has good amount of water
and is fertile. Not only that. The
farmers should ensure that they have enough support for the beans because they
yield more when they have something to climb on. In the absence of sticks, they
can cut sticks from mature acacia trees and use as support for the climbing
beans to grow on.

Climbing Beans

Tchuenna Jeanne in her Forest Garden.

Pencil Case Project overjoys school girls

“I can’t believe it! I wasn’t drawing with the intentions of winning anything, I just decided to draw because I just like drawing and believed my art work is not worthy of winning anything. I am shocked! My life has changed from today, I can’t even express my joy. I’ve never heard of the Cross River Gorilla Project before, but today, my friends, family and whole community will hear of them.  I want to thank them immensely for this wonderful support, they have touched our hearts. This money will help me so much, especially as we are about writing our GCE exams.” Says Anyim Precious, first prize winner of the Pencil Case Project.                    

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The Pencil Case Project which is an initiative of the Environment and Rural Development Foundation (ERuDeF) Buea – Cameroon in collaboration with the Cross River Gorilla Project UK and implemented by the ERuDeF Centre for the Advancement of Women’s Initiatives (CAWI), left some girl children of the Bilingual Grammar School, Molyko, overjoyed and overwhelmed.  Some were in tears of joy, some jumped, and some danced after winning cash Prices.

Forty- Six
Pencil cases consisting of pencils, pens, rulers, erasers, sharpeners, colors,
highlighter amongst others were not only used to design an inspirational Rain
forest in an art competition but were benefited by the contestants to further
their art work.

Speaking
during the competition, the Director of CAWI, Mbowoh Lucia Nkembi urged the
young girls to develop self-esteem and to be focused in their education with a
career vision. She hoped the Pencil Cases will help them to produce excellent and
wonderful drawings in the forth coming General Certificate of Education
Examination thereby guarantee their successes. This years’ participation was
limited to examination classes particularly Form Five because the other classes
were still at home due to the Corona virus Pandemic. The Prize Award Ceremony
is expected in the weeks ahead to reward excellence.

According to Ewei Nadesh, the winner of the second prize, most of them didn’t know the importance of the Pencil Case Project. “I and my friends were reluctant to participate, we felt we would be wasting our time, but when the Director of CAWI came to our class and told us she was here to empower women, and of course with a bag of beautiful Pencil Cases, we became very eager to participate. I also told my friends, I like drawing trees and animals and coloring, and even if I didn’t win, I’ll have a pencil case which I’ll take home and use with my junior ones at home.”

Manchum
olga didn’t win a prize, but she was overjoyed, as she cheered her friends who
made it to the first ten. “Even though I didn’t win anything, I have a free
pencil case in my bag, I can’t wait for next year so that can I participate in
the competition again, and I believe I will be in the first ten. I know I
didn’t win this year because I didn’t complete my art work and my drawings were
upside down. I have learned a lot and I am very happy. I want to thanks ERuDeF,
the Gross River Gorilla Project, CAWI and all those who made this project a
success.”

Subsequently, a team from CAWI shall monitor the use of these items and to access the impact on conservation and the academic performance of the students.

The 2020
edition was supported by the University of Newcastle-UK.

The initiative seeks to empower and promote a future generation of conservation leaders with focus on girls from the Lebialem Highlands through the work of arts (wildlife painting).

ERuDeF Sensitizes communities for the Creation of two Community Forest between Deng Deng National Park and Belabo Council Forest

ERuDeF recently recorded great success in its mission to save the Western Lowland Gorillas and Impact Lives, a village to village sensitization was successfully carried out. The sensitization which started on July 13 to July 23, 2020, was aimed at enlightening the entire population of the 11 villages around the two community forests to be created. The population were schooled on the importance of creating the community forests and the steps involved in their creation. The project was welcomed by the population with a lot of enthusiasm and expectation from ERuDeF and her Partner, World Land Trust to bring the project to realization and maximum benefit of all the communities involved.

This sensitization campaign was carried out by a team composed of the representative of the Divisional Delegate of Forestry and Wildlife for Lom and Djerem, the representative of the Chief of Post for Deng Deng, the representative of the Chief of Post of Belabo, a Forestry Officer and a Social Anthropologist. This process will build community spirit amongst the villagers as they are highly individualistic in nature and will bring about development to their various communities. This will therefore help to reduce pressure exerted on protected areas.

This activity was composed of a team of five persons as follows: the representative of the Divisional Delegate of forestry and Wildlife of Lom and Djerem, the representative of the chief of Post of Deng Deng, the representative of the chief of Post of Belabo, a Forestry Officer and a Social Anthropologist. This Project will build community spirit amongst the villagers as they are highly individualistic in nature and will bring about development to their various communities. This will therefore help to reduce pressure exerted on the protected areas.

The people expressed a lot of joy, knowing that ERuDeF is not a Timber exploitation organization and will not be carrying out any money making activities in the process of creating the earmarked community forests unlike other organizations. This spurred the village population to give the go ahead to the project as they are ready to give in their full support to see that the project succeeds

The Deng Deng – Belabo conservation corridor project was launched on June 11, 2020. The main goal of this project is to preserve good quality forest habitats between two already existing protected areas (Deng Deng National Park and Belabo Council Forest) for the maintenance and/or enhancement of suitable conditions for the movement of endangered species and prevent occurrences of inbreeding.  This project will strengthen the management of the Deng- Deng National Park by effectively managing the two community forests created through a simple management plan that will be developed in full consultation with the local communities and the local ministries as well as other stakeholders.

Male Olive Baboon finds home in the Deng Deng Community

 For a month now and
counting, the inhabitants of Deng Deng have been delighted to receive a new
family member, (a male Olive Baboon). He has been swaggering around the
community, visiting one household to the other, eating anything which he finds
suitable and tasty. Despite countless efforts to carry the Olive Baboon back to
the Park, he remains adamant going back to the wild, as he has not hesitated in
finding his way back into the community despite several attempts of getting him
back to the wild.

The people are already getting used to living with the Baboon
as they even play and eat with the Baboon. Many of the people in the community
revealed that the Baboon is like of one their family members and everyone loves
him so much.   “If a day passes without us seeing the Baboon,
we are going to be very worried, and search until we find him” one of the
villagers recounted. 

What may have caused the Baboon to
leave the forest and refuse going back?

Males establish their dominance more forcefully than females. A male disperses, or leaves his natal group and joins another group, after reaching sexual maturity. Adult males are very competitive with each other and fight for access to females. Higher dominance means better access to mating and earlier access to food, so naturally a great deal of fighting over rank occurs, with younger males constantly trying to rise in position.

Could it be that the Baboon was chased out of his group?
This is a very big possibility. The baboon may have been humiliated and his dominant
position taken. When older baboons drop in the social hierarchy, they move to other
groups to fight dominant position. The younger males who pushed them down often
bully and harass them. This may have frustrated him out of the forest.

Could his continuous denial to stay in the forest be as a
result of lack of Food? This is definitely not the reason because Baboons are
omnivorous and like other baboons, will eat practically anything. As such, it
is able to find nutrition in almost any environment and is able to adapt with different
foraging tactics. For instance, the olive baboon in grassland goes about
finding food differently from the ones in a forest. The baboon forages on all
levels of an environment, above and beneath the ground and in the canopy of
forests.

Baboon
(Papio anubis), also called the Anubis baboon, is a member of the family
Cercopithecidae (Old World monkeys). The species is the most wide-ranging of
all baboons, being found in 25 countries throughout Africa. It inhabits
savannahs, steppes, and forests areas. They live in groups of 15 to 150
individuals, made up of a few males, many females, and their young. Each baboon
has a social ranking in the group depending on its dominance.

With
funding from WORLD LAND TRUST,ERuDeF is supporting both the local communities
of the corridor area and the Divisional Delegation of Forestry and Wildlife for
Lom,  to create two Community Forest
Reserves of respectively 5,000 ha and 4,588 ha, to preserve a vital corridor
between Deng Deng National Park (DDNP) and Belabo Council Forest in Eastern
Cameroon.

This
forested link is currently threatened by habitat loss from timber extraction
and clearance for subsistence farming. The project is is very critical in
preserving  the forest habitat for a wealth
of resident endangered species including but not limited to the Western Lowland
Gorilla, Central Chimpanzee, African Forest Elephant and two species of
Pangolins ( Giant and White bellied Pangolin). Whilst the forest is still
relatively intact, a window of opportunity exists to preserve it against a
trajectory of rapid forest conversion in the region.

Primates of the Kimbi-Fungom National Park Threatened!

Some
species of primates in the Kimbi-Fungom National Park are seriously threatened
as habitat fragmentation and intense hunting activities have frustrated their
population. Thus, the small surviving population no longer finds peace in the
park as human activities are increasing day by day. As of now, the most
abundant species is the olive baboons. This is because they are very
aggressive; they can survive in all landscapes, can find food everywhere and
inhabit very steep difficult landscapes.

The most hunted species are the white nose monkeys and the velvet monkey (savanna species). These species flourish the bush meat markets and local restaurants in surrounding villages like Munkep, Gayama 1, Gayama 2, Kpep, Tenghukah, Suubum and Kimbi.Barely the vocalization of chimpanzee and nests in very steep impenetrable rocky landscapes is heard and seen respectively.  Outside the park, off the steep slopes of the Gayama-Essimbi orientation, there is high population of the chimpanzee. These chimps need special attention as those in the park have drastically reduced and thus defeat the purpose of the park as a protected area.

The Kimbi-Fungom National Park is located between
latitude 6.5-6.9° N of the equator and longitude 9.8-10.5° East of the prime
meridian in the North West Region of Cameroon covering a total land surface of
95,380 hectares. This National Park is located in three divisions of the North
West Region cutting across four Sub divisions. These divisions are Menchum,
Boyo and Dongo Mantung and found in the respective sub divisions of Fungom and
Furu Awa, Misaje and Bum. This park was created under Prime Ministerial decree
number 2015/0024/PM of 3 February, 2015. This park is a consortium of two old
reserves that were created on 2 May 1936 as the Fungom Native administration
Forest Reserve (Forestry Ordinance, 42 of 1936) and 1964 as Kimbi Wildlife
Sanctuary.

Six primate species have been identified
to inhabit the K-FNP; Olive baboons (Papio anubis), patas monkey (Erythrocebus patas), vervet monkeys (Chlorocebus pygerythrus), white
nosed monkey (Cercopithecus
nictitans
) and Mona monkeys (Cercopithecus mona) and the Nigeria-
Cameroon chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes ellioti).  Except for the Nigeria Cameroon chimpanzee
which is an endangered species, the other five species according to the IUCN red
list are considered as least concern species. 
Though, being least concerned, these species are of great concern today
due to the fact that their numbers have drastically reduced to the point that
one doubts if they are in a National Park.    

The scorch earth hunting tactics used in
the exploitation of these primates and other endangered species has left
nothing to show for the park.  The park
today is becoming an empty vessel fill with nothing as wildlife but farmlands
which are defeating the purpose for the creation of its park. This is partly
due to the inaccessible nature of the park, poor communications between park
authorities and local communities and most importantly poor communication
between the park authorities and conservation organizations.

ERuDeF is therefore soliciting and
pleading with partners for aid to save the remaining primates population
especially the Nigeria Cameroon Chimpanzee through community based management.

                                                               

                                                     

Mountains: essential ecosystems for the planet

From Ecuador to near the poles, and all around the
world, mountain ecosystems encompass nearly a fifth of the planet’s land
surface. It is estimated that one-tenth of the human population derives its
livelihood directly from mountains. But far beyond their own inhabitants,
millions of people living in the plains benefit from it. On a global scale, it
is undoubtedly because all the great rivers of the world and countless rivers
have their source there, that the mountains have the most value. They play a crucial
role in the water cycle by capturing moisture from air masses; when rain falls,
it is stored to provide inhabited areas, agriculture and downstream industries
with essential water resources, particularly during the period when rainfall is
at its minimum.

Half of the world’s population depends on mountain
water. Mountain water is also a source of hydroelectric power, most of which is
used in the plains. This local renewable energy is a vital catalyst for
economic development in areas at the end of the fossil fuel distribution
networks on which many city dwellers depend.

Mountain ecosystems are fundamental centre of biological diversity for the entire planet. The greatest diversity of vascular plant species is found in the mountains. The diversity of natural mountain species as such is a valuable source of “wild products” for humanity such as bush meat, birds, mushrooms and many other non-timber forest products. In the tropics, many of them are biodiversity hotspots and have been declared protected areas.

Mount Cameroon

But the mountains are also important places for the
diversity of cultivated plants. These mountains are thus sometimes large
agricultural production basins, which puts intense pressure on biodiversity and
threatens the ecological functions of these ecosystems. Although the global
press gives more attention to the deforestation of tropical rainforests, it is
in the tropical mountain forest biome that the rate of deforestation is highest
(1.1% per year). Mountain degradation rates are particularly high in Central
America, East and Central Africa, Southeast Asia and the Andes.

Mount Bamboutos in Western Cameroon is one of the
Mountains that have suffered unprecedented degradation over the years. The
mountain that was once a biodiversity hotspot has been evaded from all corners
by farmers and grazers. Majority of trees in this mountain have been cut down
to make room for agricultural land. Bad agricultural activities such as the
excessive use of fertilizers and pesticides have led food and water poisoning.
It should be noted the Mount Bamboutos is a principal watershed in Cameroon,
but due to continues degradation, communities around this mountain suffer from
acute shortage of water. It is against this backdrop the Environment and Rural
Development Foundation and the international Tree foundation developed a
project for the restoration of the Mount Bamboutos ecosystem, known as the Mount
Bamboutos Initiative. The project that was launched in 2018 seeks to restore
35000ha of the degraded Mount Bamboutos ecosystem through the planting of
15million trees. This project will run for a period of 15 years.

A section of the Mount Bamboutos converted to settlement and agricultural land

Just like the Mount Bamboutos, (though receiving some
attention now) many other mountains are being neglected. It is on the basis of
this observation that the group, called “Action for the mountains”, defended
the adoption of a plan of “Management of fragile ecosystems: sustainable
development of mountains” by the majority of the nations of the world. As a
result, mountains are considered in themselves along with climate change,
tropical deforestation, desertification and other major issues in the global
debate on environment and development. Assuming the importance of these
ecosystems, it can be concluded that the conservation of mountain ecosystems is
essential for the survival of the planet and the populations that live there.

World Nature Conservation Day 2020: time to redouble conservation efforts.

Another shocking
alarm was raised of recent, with scientists predicting the extinction of polar
bears in the Artic circle by the end of the 21st century.  The study published in Nature Climate Change indicates that a majority of polar bears will
likely experience reproductive failures by 2040 if Green House Emissions were
to stay on their current trajectory. This prediction is backed by the fact
that polar bears depend on sea ice and the projected loss of ice due to
human-driven climate change will lead to their extinction.

The shocking revelation of the extinction of polar bears is part of a larger problem; many species are being extinct. If conservation efforts are not redoubled and urgent climate change mitigation mechanisms are not put in place, many species will go into local extinction even before the end of the century.

Observed on July 28 every year, the World Nature Conservation Day acknowledges that a well protected and
healthy environment is the foundation for a stable and productive society for
generations to come. It is incumbent on us to protect and sustainably managed
our natural resources for present and future generations. Due to the depletion of natural resources and the
imbalance in the ecosystem, humanity remain vulnerable to risks like natural
disasters, global warming, various diseases, COVID-19 being one of the many.

IUCN reports that
32,000 species are threatened to extinction. Deforestation continue to rob many
species of their habitats. The “bush meat” market is saturated; green house
emissions are on the rise as the human race strive to survive. The result of
this is climate change that is staring us in the face.

The Cross River
Gorilla is at the brink of extinction with only about 300 remaining in the
wild. The increasing isolation of species will also lead to local extinction as
protected areas and biodiversity hotspots become isolated and engendering inbreeding.

The
UN chief  is quoted as saying “It seems
that humanity has just forgotten just how much we need nature for our survival
and wellbeing…all civilizations have been and continue to be built on the use
of wild and cultivated species of flora and fauna, from the food we eat and the
air we breathe”.

The Environment and Rural Development Foundation, ERuDeF continues to widen her conservation efforts across Cameroon. With the recent launch of the Deng Deng-Belabo Conservation Corridor Project in Easten Cameroon, ERuDeF will in the next 15 years assist in the protection and conservation of the endangered Western Lowlands Gorillas likewise the endangered Central Chimpanzees. Other species that will benefit from this project include but not limited to endangered white bellied pangolins, vulnerable leopards, the near-threatened forest Buffalos African forest elephants etc.

ERuDeF has also redoubled her efforts in protecting and
conserving the critically endangered Cross River Gorilla and the endangered
Nigeria-Cameroon Chimpanzees amongst other species in the Lebialem Highlands. The Lebialem
Highlands Initiative, Southwest Cameroon, launched in 2020 will run through to
2035. The entire initiative will conserve and protect species over a total land
area of 130,000ha.

The ERuDeF Chief Executive Officer, Louis Nkembi continues to commit ERuDeF to lead national conservation efforts in Cameroon and Central Africa sub-region to ensure that no efforts are spared to save species and their ecosystems. “ERuDeF is committed”, ERuDeF Chief Executive Officer remarks “to restoring 3million hectares of degraded rainforests and managing over 500,000ha of protected areas in the next 15 years”

Conservation efforts continue to be hindered by the rapid global population growth in the world. Conflicts and wars have driven many to the wild who are now fighting for space with wild animals. Human driven climate change is also affecting and seriously threatening thousands of species. Deforestation, that has robbed many species of their habitats, like never before is on the rise. Wildlife trafficking worldwide is also experiencing an upward trend. All the above factors continue to hinder the the works of conservationists around the globe. That notwithstanding and borrowing from, Mahatma Ghandhi, “Earth provides enough to satisfy every man’s need, but not every man’s greed”. Our insatiable exploitation of natures capital has put us where we are today, but it is not too late to reverse the situation. Happy World Nature Conservation Day 2020!!!

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World Chimpanzee Day 2020: the future of the endangered Nigeria-Cameroon and the Central Chimpanzees

 “We have to stop the trafficking, we have to stop using Chimpanzees for entertainment, We have to protect their forest” says Dr. Jane Godell who spent 60 years studying Chimpanzees in what is knowm today as the Gombe Stream National Park, Tanzania. Celebrated every 14 of July, the World Chimpanzee Day seeks to raise awareness about the vital need for worldwide participation in their care, protection, and conservation in the wild and in captivity.

Chimpanzees are considered as closest to humankind biologically. Jane Godell says we share more than 98% of of our DNA with them. Despite this close relationship humankind share with Chimpanzees, trafficking of chimps by human beings is on the rise, the bush meat market as Jane Godell puts it, is saturated with chimps, they are losing their habitat as a result of human encroachment.

The 2020
edition of the world Chimpanzee Day is celebrated in the context of the
COVID-19 pandemic that has seemingly come to to stay. Humankind’s endless quest
for survival has pushed him to consciously or unconsciously encroach to the
habitats of most wild animals, drawing them nearer and nearer to us. This has
made us so venerable to zoonotic diseases, COVID-19 being one of the many.

The
Nigeria-Cameroon Chimpanzee is the most endangered of the Chimpanzee
subspecies. They are found along the Cameroon-Nigeria border. The
Nigeria-Cameroon Chimpanzee are also recognized as the least distributed of the
common Chimpanzee subspecies and there are fears that they may be extinct in
decades to come. There are reportedly fewer than 6000 Nigeria-Cameroon
Chimpanzee left in the wild.

ERuDeF’s efforts in
conserving and protecting the most endangered subspecies of Chimapnzee, the
Nigeria-Cameroon Chimpanzee

ERuDeF over the years has been working towards the the conservation of threatened species such as the critically endangered cross river Gorilla and the endangered Nigeria-Cameroon Chimpanzee in the Lebialem highlands. The project doped the Lebialem Highlands Initiatives spans for a period of 15 years and is helping to conserve and protect the endangered Nigeria-Cameroon Chimpanzee amongst other species. This subspecies of chimpanzee numbers about 1000 individuals in the Lebialem Highlands. Amongst the many problems faced by this subspecies of Chimpanzees in the Lebialem Highlands is: habitat loss as a result of human encroachment as well as hunting. The Lebialem Highlands Initiative is therefore a timely project that will not only guarantee the protection and conservation of the Nigeria-Cameroon Chimpanzee but other critically endangered species in the Lebialem Highlands such as the cross river gorilla. The Lebialem Highlands has several ear marked projects namely: the production and validation of the management and business plan of the Tofala Hill Wildlife Sanctuary, management of the proposed Njoagwi- Fotabong III-Essoh-Attah Wildlife Sanctuary, management of Tofala-Mone Corridor, the creation of the  Banyang Mbo -Santchou  Corridor  and to upgrade the Santchou Wildlife Reserve into a National Park. The implementation of these will span over a period of 15 years. In total, the entire initiative will conserve and protect species, including the endangered Nigeria- Cameroon Chimpanzee over a total land area of 130,000ha.

The Environment and Rural
Development Foundation on June 11 2020 launched one of her landmark projects, the
Deng Deng-Belabo Conservation Corridor
Project in Eastern Cameroon. This part of Cameroon is a hub of industrial
lodging and commercial wildlife hunting, thus the critical need for
conservation action.  ERuDeF will be supporting
both the local communities of the corridor area and the Divisional Delegation
of Forestry and Wildlife for Lom, to create two Community Forest Reserves of
respectively 5,000 ha and 4,588 ha, to preserve a vital corridor between Deng
Deng National Park (DDNP) and Belabo Council Forest.  This project will assist in the protection and
conservation of the endangered Western Lowlands Gorillas likewise the
endangered Central Chimpanzees. Other species that will benefit from this
project include but not limited endangered white bellied pangolins, vulnerable
leopards, the near-threatened forest Buffalos etc.

As the world’s population keeps growing in leaps and and bounce, conservation efforts are made very difficult as a result. Many species are increasingly losing their habitats as a result of deforestation, hunting is on the rise. It is very true that we can not stop population growth but we can streamline it with conservation efforts. To conserve and preserve these endangered species we need a concerted action, from international, governmental agencies, conservation organizations and the local population. The Environment and Rural Development welcomes every concerted conservation effort toward the conservation of Chimpanzees likewise every other threatened or endangered species.

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Local communities take the lead in Restoring the Mount Bamboutos ecosystem through tree planting

Bangang village in the West region of Cameroon, just like other villages along the Mount Bamboutos is an agricultural hub. Majority of the population of this area are actively engaged in agriculture as a means of livelihood. Every near-by forest along the Mount Bamboutos is leveled down to make room for the ever increasing demand … Read more