ECoDAs is a Cameroonian grassroots conservation and development non-profit organisation recognized by the government of Cameroon under the Law N°90/053 of 19th December 1990. Our goal is to contribute to poverty alleviation in Cameroon through rights based empowerment of rural communities to manage their natural resources sustainably and improve their environment while securing improved livelihoods.
ECoDAs’ rights-based approach addresses the root causes of biodiversity loss such as rural poverty, gender inequality, and food insecurity. We believe community-led conservation is a solution to climate change, rural poverty, and species loss. ECoDAs works with rural resource dependent poor communities, particularly those living adjacent protected areas, remnant forests, and degraded forest lands. We believe in collaboration and working together for addressing global issues through local interventions.
Saving our planet, lifting people out of poverty, advancing economic growth… these are one and the same fight. We must connect the dots between climate change, water scarcity, energy shortages, global health, food security and women’s empowerment. Solutions to one problem must be solutions for all.
Keep close to Nature’s heart… and break clear away, once in a while, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean.
Sustainable development is the pathway to the future we want for all. It offers a framework to generate economic growth, achieve social justice, exercise environmental stewardship and strengthen governance.
If we’re destroying our trees and destroying our environment and hurting animals and hurting one another and all that stuff, there’s got to be a very powerful energy to fight that. I think we need more love in the world. We need more kindness, more compassion, more joy, more laughter. I definitely want to contribute to that.