Forest and Biodiversity Conservation

Cameroon - one of the world’s rich biodiversity hotspot ranking fifth in Africa for biodiversity

Unsustainable exploitation of natural resources and poor agricultural practices both result in biodiversity loss, and environmental degradation. One of the factors behind these practices, is poverty and ignorance of local populations on existing national land and forest policies, weak law enforcement and more importantly, the absence of viable alternative sources of livelihood for the locals. We equally have the inability of communities to enforce customary rules that favor rational resources management. Yet another is the lack of recognition of customary tenure rights in forest management. All these contribute enormously to the depletion of forest and wildlife resources. The counter effects of these actions are loss of biodiversity, deadly conflicts, climate change and acute poverty.  We carry out the following activities:

  • Biodiversity conservation with focus on endangered flora and fauna;
  • Forming and strengthening capacities of local wildlife conservation groups;
  • Dissemination of forest policies and legislation;
  • Anti-poaching strategies and campaigns on bush meat trade;
  • Community forest development and NTFPs  domestication ;
  • Environmental education in schools and communities;
  • Provisions of viable alternative enterprises to hunting and other unhealthy forest uses.

Our Activities

Promote Environmental & Conservation Education in Schools

ECoDAs’ activities under the environment and climate change program began in schools by promoting environmental and conservation education in schools through our pioneer project the Eco-School Project.

Promotes Agro-ecologically Farming amongst Farmers

ECoDAs also promotes agro-ecologically farming amongst farmers especially forest-dwelling communities to educate and build their capacities on agroforestry/composting so as to improve soil health and fertility, improve yields and contribute to restoring agro-ecosystems as well as curb destruction of the forest through the practice of shifting cultivation.

  • Engagement with Multiple Stakeholders

    Our stakeholders targeted in our environment program include hunters, farmers, bushmeat traders, forest-dependent households, schools and remote communities adjacent to protected areas in our regions. We aim to build and sustain a partnership with other CSOs, relevant government ministries and international donor agencies to replicate and/or scale up our environmental management activities in poor and remote communities in Cameroon.

  • Future interventions

    We plan to engage more and reach more communities with Education for Sustainable Development, Climate change mitigation/adaptation, Tree planting & Community Forestry, Biodiversity Conservation, Viable Alternative Livelihoods and Research activities.

Your Support

Your support can help green the minds of people, plant a tree and support a hunter with viable income activities to become born again conservationist.

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