This agreement was made, May 2016 at the SEFECCAM/SIENCAM head quarters in Douala during a meeting which brought together the Director of Management and Certification, Mr. Tchokomeni Arnaud, the South West Regional Chief of Service for Forestry, Mr. Bidima Antione and ERuDeF’s Tofala-Mone East Corridor Rainforest Conservation Project Coordinator Ms. Limbi Blessing.
During this meeting, Ms Limbi Blessing presented the Tofala-Mone East Corridor Project. She implored the Groupe SEFECCAM/SIENCAM to collaborate with ERuDeF in carrying out sensitization campaigns, surveys, reforestation programmes etc within the Tofala Mone East Corridor.
This presentation and request for collaboration received positive feedbacks from Groupe SEFECCAM/SIENCAM.
“Groupe SEFECCAM/SIENCAM is open to initiatives that foster the sustainable management of natural resources” Mr. Tchokomeni Arnaud said.
He stated that his organization is ready to go out of the management plan of FMU 11002 to other areas of collaboration so long as it reinforces sustainable management of natural resources.
“We have a long term commitment to the FMU 11002 and so we are ready to undertake any activity that will foster the sustainable management of the forest block” he added.
This response from Groupe SEFECCAM/SIENCAM was commended by the South West Regional Chief of Forestry, Mr. Bidima Antione.
“‘It is about time environmental NGOs form synergies with logging companies; they are all involved in the sustainable management of natural resources. Sustainable management does not mean that natural resources should not be used, rather they should be used in such a way that the next generation will also benefit” he said.
Tofala-Mone East Corridor Project is aimed at linking the Cross River Gorillas and Nigeria-Cameroon Chimpanzees in the Tofala Hill Wildlife Sanctuary to those of the Takamanda National Park through community forests and Forest Management Units. The Project was launched, May 2016 by ERuDeF in collaboration with African Conservation Foundation (ACF) and the Ministry of Forestry and Wildlife with funding from the Waterloo Foundation, Global Forest Watch and Tusk Trust
Limbi Blessing Tata