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Economic Development

THE DEPARTMENT OF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

Goals

It seeks to improve on the sustainable management of biodiversity through human  welfare development and reduction of human pressure on key biodiversity targets

Programs

LIVELIHOODS DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME

This programme seeks to improve alternative livelihoods and incomes of individual households adjacent to biodiversity hotspots and protected areas.

Projects

  • Livestock Development
  • NTFPs Value Chain
  • Apiculture Development
  • Agricultural Value Chain

WOMEN AND GENDER PROGRAMME

Seeks to empower women, youths and girls via institutional strengthening, economic literacy & empowerment, and education. This Programme is coordinated by the ERuDeF Center for the Advancement of Women Initiatives in Cameroon.

Projects

  • Women in Green Economy
  • Women in Self Employment
  • Sustainable Human Population Management in Biodiversity Hotspots and Protected Areas

ACCESS AND BENEFIT SHARING (ABS) INITIATIVE

Seeks to promote equitable sharing of benefits accruing from the exploitation of genetic resources and indigenous and traditional knowledge in Cameroon.

Projects

  • Research & Development
  • Echinops giganteus
  • Mondia whitei

CONSERVATION FINANCE PROGRAMME

This program seeks to establish a non-profit community foundation, the Forest Protection Fund (FoProF), through which community-based conservation and sustainable development initiatives will be supported around protected areas and biodiversity hotspots. The Programme also seeks to establish the ERuDeF Endowment Fund  that will support ERuDeF’s core costs and other charitable programmes of the organisation.

Projects

  • Rural Cooperatives and Enterprises Development
  • Rural Finance Development
  • Community Foundation (Forest Protection Fund)
  • The ERuDeF Endowment Fund