Louis Nkembi (MSc)
Member, ERuDeF Board of Trustees
Member of: National Board of Trustees
P.O. Box 189 Buea;
South West Cameroon
Tel: (237) 99 12 29 04/94 92 12 63/74 79 69 46
Founder and President/CEO of the Environment and Rural Development Foundation. Resource management economist with over 21 years of experience in conservation, rural development and community-based project development and management. Research and field experience areas include social aspects of biodiversity conservation, agroforestry development, anthropology, agricultural development, project development, planning, monitoring and evaluation, community-based forestry management, forestry governance and environmental policy, socio-economics and livelihood development, participatory methodologies, strategic planning, production and marketing economics, facilitation of workshops, protected area management, social forestry, on-farm diagnostic surveys, conservation management, conservation education, capacity building and institutional strengthening, administrative and financial management as well as climate change. Specialist in grants writing and fundraising.
Programme Development and Management include project design, grants development and management specialist, budgets development and programme planning, supervision, evaluation, and training of staff, technical, financial and administrative management. From a 5000 USD budget in 2002 in ERuDeF, he has raised the budget portfolio upto 400 000USD in 2011.
Organizational development involving project conception and design, strategic planning, team building, development and training of staff, networking at national and international levels, capacity building and institutional strengthening, advocacy and lobby. He has also been able to move from a single birds and education project in 2002 to a multi-partner SW Cameroon Biodiversity Programme in Cameroon involving key national and international partners from Europe (Fauna and Flora International, UK and African Conservation Foundation UK, Man & Nature France, Transpetrol Foundation, Netherlands, Tusk, UK) to USA (Trees for the Future, USA).
Development Cooperation ranging from the ability to work with a broad spectrum of stakeholders including people of different ethic origins and races, the government, NGOs/CBOs, local communities, partners and donors. An MoU has been approved between ERuDeF and the Government of Cameroon in 2012 and ERuDeF is now recognized as the main government of Cameroon conservation partner in the Lebialem Highlands.
Social aspects of biodiversity conservation, climate change, community-based forestry management, forestry policy and governance, project evaluation and monitoring, socio-economics and natural resources conservation model development, sustainable livelihood systems, evaluation research, cost/benefit studies and rural policy.
– The critical evaluation of the survey administration of OCISCA project: Impact of economic crisis on the Households in the Western Highlands of Cameroon (1991)
– Research assistant, International Potato Centre (CIP) Bamenda, Cameroon(1990-1991)
– The production and marketing of potatoes in the Lebialem Division, Cameroon (1992)
– The marketing of potatoes in the South West province, CIP/IRAD, Bamenda, (1992-93)
– Participatory on-farm surveys in the South West Province of Cameroon (1995-96)
– World Bank Mid-term review of the National Agricultural Extension and Research Project, South West Province, 1996
– Monitoring and evaluation surveys of the National Agricultural Extension and Research Project, South West Province, Cameroon (1995-96)
– Agro-ecological survey of the Lebialem Division, Cameroon (1997-98)
– Survey of non-timber forest products, Banyang-Mbo Wildlife Sanctuary, South West Cameroon, (1999-2000)
– The design and elaboration of the Banyang-Mbo Community-based Conservation Model, Cameroon. (2001-2004)
– Primates research and conservation in Western Cameroon (2004-present)
– Coordination of the Community-based conservation at the Banyang-Mbo Wildlife Sanctuary Project, Cameroon (2001-2005)
– Coordination of the Lebialem Highlands Forest Project, Cameroon. (2002-present)
– Coordination of the Western Cameroon Forest Programme, 2004 to present.
– Development of a community-based conservation trust fund (Forest Protection Fund) across Lebialem Highlands: 2006 to present
Software and Operating systems
ArcVIEW-GIS, SPSS, Excel, MS Word, MS Powerpoint, MS Explorer, MS Publisher, Internet and Windows XP.
– English: Very fluent in reading, speaking and writing
– French: very fluent in reading and speaking. Fair in writing.
– Pidgin English: very fluent
Diploma Biology, 1985-1987, University of Yaounde, Cameroon.
MSc Agro-economics: 1987-1993, National Advanced School of Agronomy (ENSA), Dschang, Cameroon.
MSc Protected Area Management,2003, University of Montana, USA
MSc Forestry Administration and Management, 2006. Northern Arizona University, School of Forestry, USA.
Analysis of Agricultural Policy in Africa, March-April 2006. United Nations Institute for Economic Development and Planning, Dakar, Senegal.
GIS/GPS in Research, Conservation and Development, December 2005, African Conservation Foundation/ERuDeF Partnership Programme. Menji, Cameroon
Project Organisation, Marketing and Donor Development, October 2005.Wildlife Conservation Network. Los Altos, California USA
Pan-African Regional Course on Projects, Risk and Disaster Management, Buea, Cameroon, 2004. Pan African Institute for Development West Africa.
Community forestry development . March-December 2002. DFID/Community Forestry Development Project. Yaounde, Cameroon.
Environmental Leaders Forum Training , May 2001. Centre for Environmental Research and Conservation, University of Columbia, New York, USA.
Participatory Approach to Community Action Training Course , February 1999. Yaounde. US Peace Corps Cameroon.
Participatory Forest Management Economics, Jan-Feb 2001, Forestry Research Institute, Ghana/ODI UK.
Planning and Management of National Agricultural Extension and Research Projects, Cameroon, Yaounde, June 1997. Ministry of Agriculture
Monitoring and Evaluation of National Agricultural Extension and Research Projects, Yaounde, Cameroon, March 1996. Ministry of Agriculture
Ecological Agriculture Training Course, March 1995, IITA/Plant Health Division, Ibadan.
Statistical Applications in Social Science Research, February 1992, University Centre of Buea/Institute of Agronomic Research for Development, Ekona, Cameroon.
– International Society of Ethnobiology (ISE), USA
– African Bird Club, UK
– World Rainforest Movement, Uruguay
– African Mountains Research Initiative
– Nigeria-Cameroon Regional Great Apes Conservation Consortium
Awards and Grants
2001: ODI award to participatory forest management economics course at Ghana Forestry Institute
2001: Wildlife Conservation Society Award to Environmental Leaders Course at Columbia University, USA
2002: Royal Society for the Protection of Birds Grant for Birds Conservation in the Lebialem Highlands, SW Cameroon
2003: Fauna and Flora International’s Flagship Species Fund grant for wildlife survey and conservation in the Lebialem Highlands, SW Cameroon
2004: Rufford Foundation grant for birds conservation in the Lebialem Highlands, SW Cameroon
2004-2012: Taiwan’s Forestry Bureau/Conservation Division grant for great apes conservation in the Lebialem Highlands, SW Cameroon
2004-2012: Fauna and Flora International conservation grants for the conservation of Cross River gorillas in the Lebialem Highlands, SW Cameroon
2007-2011: Tusk Trusk, UK grants for the conservation of Cross River gorillas in the Lebialem Highlands, SW Cameroon
2007-2009: WWF grants for Cross River gorilla conservation in the Lebialem Highlands, SW Cameroon
2007-2012: Trees for the Future, USA grants for forestry and climate change projects in Cameroon
2007-2008: US Fish and Wildlife Service grants for Cross River gorilla conservation in the Lebialem Highlands, SW Cameroon
2007-2009: Food for All grants for livelihoods development and support in the Lebialem Highlands
2009: Rufford Foundation grant for birds conservation in the Lebialem Highlands, SW Cameroon
2009- 2012: Global Vision International/African Conservation Foundation/African Impact, UK International Cross River gorilla Volunteering Programme
2010: Whitley Awards (International Conservation Prize) for 2010 donated by the Whitley Fund for Nature, UK
2010-2015: French Fund for Global Environment grant for great apes conservation in the Lebialem Highlands, SW Cameroon
2011-2016: Man and Nature, France grants for Cross River gorilla conservation and livelihood development in the Lebialem Highlands, SW Cameroon
2011-2012: Transpetrol Foundation grant for livelihood development and conservation in the Lebialem Highlands, SW Cameroon
2012-2014: Projet Action Plus, France grant development for the conservation of Cross River gorillas in the Lebialem-Mone Forest Landscape, SW Cameroon
Date of Birth: 1967
Marital status: Married
Country of residence: Cameroon
– The preparation of the Environmental Management Master Plan for the South West Province, Cameroon. 1994-95.
– The preparation of the South West agricultural extension development and funding plan for the World Bank, 1995-96.
Trees for the Future, Cameroon Program
2007 to present. The development and implementation of forest landscape restoration, agro-forestry and climate change programs in Cameroon.
Trees for the Future, is a USA based charity.
African Conservation Foundation, Cameroon Biodiversity Programme
2007 to present. Supports the Cameroon portfolio for great apes research, conservation and education programs. African Conservation Foundation is a UK based charity.
Fauna and Flora International, UK
SW Cameroon Biodiversity Programme
2010 to present
Executive Director, ERuDeF/Cameroon Forest Programme/ :
The Environment and Rural Development Foundation, Cameroon
President: 1999- present
The Environment and Rural Development Foundation, Cameroon.
Principal Social Scientist: 1998 – 2001
Wildlife Conservation Society/Cameroon Programme/Banyang-Mbo Wildlife Sanctuary Project, Nguti, Cameroon.
Regional Coordinator and Chief Agricultural Officer :1996-1997
National Agriculture and Extension Research Program/Northern Agricultural Region, Mamfe, Ministry of Agriculture, Cameroon.
Head, Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation:1994-1996
National Agricultural Extension and Research Project, Ministry of Agriculture
Research Assistant: 1992-1993
International Potato Centre, Bamenda, Cameroon.
OCISCA/ORSTOM Project, Dschang University Centre, Cameroon.
WORKSHOPS, SEMINARS AND CONFERENCES
i. April 1992: Seminaire sur l’Ajustement Structurel au Cameroon: Confrontation du Local et National. OCISCA Project. University Center of Dschang, Cameroon.
ii. June/July 1994: Techniques of Communication, NAERP Kumba, Cameroon.
iii. February 1995: Management and Organisation of Technological Review Workshops, Training Course, Ngaoundere, Cameroon.
iv. May 1996: Participatory Diagnostic On-Farm Appraisal Training Workshop. NAERP, Nkongsamba, Cameroon.
v. November 1996: Participatory Rural Appraisal Training Workshop, KORUP Project, Mundemba Cameroon.
vi. June 1996: National Seminar on the Monitoring and Evaluation of Rural Extension Projects, Yaounde, Cameroon
vii. June 1997: Management of Training and Human Resources Development: Training of Trainers Seminar/Workshop, NAERP Yaounde, Cameroon.
viii. May 1998: Participatory Rural Appraisal Workshop. WCS/Cameroon Biodiversity Programme, Nguti, Cameroon.
ix. February 2000: Diversification of on-farm agroforestry practices in smallholders’ exploitations. ICRAF, Yaounde, Cameroon.
x. July 2000: NTFP Workshop for Central African Region: Results Presentation, CARPE, Limbe, Cameroon. Presentation of a poster on forest products management in Banyang-Mbo Wildlife Sanctuary
xi. October 2000: ‘Community-based management of tropical rain-forest through the non-timber forests resources: Banyang-Mbo Wildlife Sanctuary Project experience, South West Cameroon’. A paper prepared for the International Conference on Ethno botany, University of Georgia, USA.
xii. May 2001: ‘Biodiversity conservation in human-dominated landscapes’. A paper presented at the Environmental Leaders’ Forum, Center for Environmental Research and Conservation, New York, USA.
xiii. May 2001: Biodiversity conservation in human-dominated landscapes’. A poster presented at the UNESCO/Columbia University conference on Biodiversity and Society, Columbia University USA.
xiv. September 2001: Community-based Management of NTFP in the Banyang-Mbo Wildlife Sanctuary Project Area, South West Cameroon: Economics and Implications on Gender. A paper prepared for the SEAN on NTFP Conference, 16-19 September. Philippines
xv. March 2002 – December 2002. Training course on Community Forestry Management in Cameroon: Planning, Communication, Development, Inventory, Financing, Marketing and Management. DFID/Community Forestry Development Project, Yaoundé. Cameroon.
xvi. August 2003. Wildlife and protected area management in Cameroon: Issues, challenges and perspectives. Paper presented at the International Seminar on Protected Area Management. Consortium for International Protected Area Management. University of Montana, USA
xvii. November 2003 . Development of a collaborative management model for the Banyang-Mbo Wildlife Sanctuary, Cameroon. Paper presented at the West and Central African Regional Meeting for Wildlife Conservation Society. Limbe, Cameroon.
xviii. January 2004 . Building community-based institutions for wildlife conservation and sustainable livelihood development in the Banyang-Mbo Wildlife Sanctuary, Cameroon. Paper presented at the annual conference of Volunteers Service Organisation, Bamenda, Cameroon.
xix. March 2004. Decentralisation and natural resources management in Banyang-Mbo Wildlife Sanctuary: A new case Model. Paper presented at the Ministry of Environment and Forestry’s Banyang-Mbo Sanctuary Steering Committee Meeting, Yaounde, Cameroon.
xx. October 2005. Organisation & Project Marketing and Donor Development, California , Wildlife Conservation Network, USA
xxi. December 2005. GIS/GPS in Research, Conservation and Development, African Conservation Foundation/ERuDeF Partnership Programme. Menji, Cameroon
xxii. April 2006. Cross River gorilla Expert Meeting/Workshop, Calabar, Nigeria
xxiii. February 2010: Nigeria-Cameroon Expert Meeting/Workshop, Limbe, Cameroon
xxiv. November 2011. Community-based conservation workshop for Great Apes Conservation. Arcus Foundation, Cambridge, UK
xxv. February 2012. Cross River gorilla Expert Meeting/Workshop. Limbe, Cameroon
xxvi. January 2012. African Mountains Research Initiative Conference, Dschang, Cameroon.
ACADEMIC PAPERS AND PUBLICATIONS
i. Developing a Procedural Framework for Community-Based Conservation in the Banyang-Mbo Wildlife Sanctuary, SW Cameroon (2005)
ii. Institutional Management Framework for Community Based Conservation in the BMWS Cameroon (2005)
iii. The Indigenous People and Wildlife Conservation in the Banyang-Mbo Wildlife Sanctuary, SW Cameroon. (2004)
iv. A survey of the status and distribution of the endangered Bannerman’s Turaco, Banded Wattle-eye and Bamenda Apalis in the Lebialem Highlands. Final report submitted to the African Bird Club c/o Birdlife International, UK. (2005)
v. A survey and conservation of the endemic montane birds of Lebialem Highlands, SW Cameroon. Final report to The Rufford Foundation, UK. (2005)
vi. Survey of great apes (gorillas and chimpanzees) populations in Bechati – Fossimondi – Besali forest in Lebialem Division, South West Province – Cameroon (2004). A preliminary report to Fauna and Flora International, UK.
viii. The survey and conservation of the great apes in the Lebialem Highlands, SW Cameroon. Final report to Fauna and Flora International, UK (2005)
vii. A Critical Analysis of OCISCA Survey Administration in Bafou, Dschang. OCISCA Project. Final Survey Report. University Center of Dschang, Cameroon. (1992)
viii. Economic Analysis of Potato Production and Marketing in Lebialem Division, South West Province of Cameroon.Dissertation, Professional MSc thesis, University Center of Dschang, Cameroon (1993)
ix. Potato Marketing in the South West Province of Cameroon. Regional Centre for International Potato Research, Bamenda, Cameroon. (1993)
x. Women in Potato Production: Case Study of the Potato Highlands of Lebialem, South West Province of Cameroon. Centre for International Potato Research, Bamenda, Cameroon. (1993)
xi. NTFP from the Banyang-Mbo Wildlife Sanctuary Project Area, South West Cameroon: Household use, Economics, Processing and Conservation Status. Final report to WCS/Cameroon Biodiversity Programme. (2001)
xii. A Participatory Survey of the Banyang-Mbo Wildlife Sanctuary Villages: An Approach to Building a Community-based Conservation Project. Final report to WCS/Cameroon Biodiversity Programme. (1999)
xiii. Comparative Study of Community and Government (MINEF)-led Patrols in Enhancing Sustainable Wildlife Conservation in Banyang-Mbo Wildlife Sanctuary, Cameroon. Final report to WCS Cameroon (2004)
xiv. Community-based Biodiversity Governance: Linking Communities to Biodiversity Conservation in Lebialem Highlands Region, Cameroon. A Monograph (2005).
xv. Climate change and impact on women of Buea peri-urban area. Paper presented during the 2008 World Rural Women’s Day, Buea.
Reports by same Author
The distribution, status and conservation of the globally threatened trees of the Mt Cameroon Region. Progress Report to the Fauna and Flora International, UK/Global Trees Campaign Programme (April, 2012)
Community-based agroforestry development and climate change adaptation in Cameroon. A status report submitted to Trees for the Future, USA (2011)
The distribution, status and conservation of the globally threatened birds species of the Lebialem Highlands, SW Cameroon. A final report submitted to Rufford Foundation, UK (2011).
The survey of the distribution and status of the Cross River gorillas in the Lebialem Highlands and Mone East Forests, SW Cameroon (2009). Final Report submitted to Worldwide Fund for Nature and Fauna and Flora International.
The survey of the future of the communities and forests around the proposed Tofala Hill Wildlife Sanctuary, Lebialem Highlands, SW Cameroon (2009). Final Report submitted to US Fish and Wildlife Service
Commuity-based management and conservation of the Cross River gorillas in the Lebialem-Mone Forest Landscape, SW Cameroon (2009). Final Report submitted to US Fish and Wildlife Service.
The socio-economic survey of the households in the Lebialem-Mone Forest Landscape, SW Cameroon (2008). Final report submitted to Worldwide Fund for Nature
The Conservation of great apes in the Lebialem Highlands of Cameroon. Final Project Report to Forestry Bureau/Conservation Division, Government of Taiwan (2007)
The status and distribution of Cross River gorillas in the Lebialem-Mone Forest Landscape, SW Cameroon. Final Report submitted to WorldWide Fund for Nature (2008)
The Development of a Community Management Model for Great Apes Conservation at Bechati-Lebialem Forest, South West Cameroon. Final Report submitted to US Fish and Wildlife Service (2009)
The status of great apes populations in the Lebialem Highlands, SW Cameroon. 2005. Final Report submitted to Fauna and Flora International.
A Critical Evaluation of the Impact of the Economic Crisis on the households in the Western Highlands of Cameroon. OCISCA Project, University of Dschang. Final Evaluation Report. 1990.
A Mid-term Review of the World Bank funded National Agricultural Extension and Research Programme, Ministry of Agriculture, Yaounde, Cameroon. 1996.
On-farm Diagnostic Survey and Prioritisation of Farmers Needs in the South West Province of Cameroon. National Agricultural Extension and Research Programme. Ministry of Agriculture. Final Report. 1997.
On-farm Evaluation and Survey Methods in Rural Farms: Case of Peasant Farmers in the South West Province of Cameroon. 1996.
Peered Reviewed Papers
Nkemnyi MF, Nkembi, LN, Nkemanteh, AE and Nku EM. 2011. The Cross River gorilla and large mammals species diversity in the in the Lebialem-Mone Forest Landscape, Cameroon. Journal of Biodiversity and Ecological Sciences
Fonge, AB, Tchetcha, DJ, Nkembi, LN. 2013. The Plant Diversity of the Lewoh-Lebang, Lebialem Highlands, Cameroon. International Journal of Biodiversity.
Books under preparation by same author
Nkembi, LN. Neba, KS and Benjamin Adelstone. (in prep). Community management of Agroforestry in Cameroon, Impacts, Experiences and Perspectives: Assessment of Trees for the Future Presence in Cameroon since 1990.
Nkembi, LN. Hodu F and Lefo EA, (in prep). Towards a Semi-autonomous Model for Community Wildlife Management in Cameroon: Implications for the Government of Cameroon from the Tofala Hill Wildlife Sanctuary.
Nkembi, LN. Hodu, NF. Muh BF, Asoh, BN and Allen, ET (in prep). The Tofala Gorillas: the Battle for Survival of a Critcally Endangered Species in a Fragile Landscape.
Nkembi, LN (in prep). Culture and Traditions shaping Wildlife Conservation in SW Cameroon.
Nkembi, LN (in prep). The Making of a Career: A Blue Print or Design.
Nkembi, LN (in prep). Geo-politics and biodiversity conservation in Cameroon: An Assessment of biodiversity conservation in SW Cameroon.
Great Apes Research and Conservation in western Cameroon: 2004 to present
Environmental Education Programme in Western Cameroon: 2007 to present
Livelihoods and Economic Development Programme in the Lebialem Highlands, SW Cameroon: 2010 to present
Mt Bamboutos Forest Management Programme: 2012 to present
Lebialem Highlands Forest Biodiversity Conservation Programme: 2001 to presentThe Mak-Betchou Forest Conservation Project: From 2013-2016.