The Environment and Community Development Association (ECoDAs) is a not for profit, non-governmental organization (NGO) committed to improving the livelihood of rural communities while conserving biodiversity in the context of climate change. ECoDAs was created on the 22nd of May 2015 and registered officially by Cameroon’s Ministry of Territorial Administration on the 13th of August 2018 with registration number 247/E.27/750/SAAJP in conformity with law 90/053 of 19th December 1990 of the Republic of Cameroon.
ECoDAs was created to increase consciousness and knowledge about the environment, conserve wildlife, ecology, natural resources, and sustainable livelihoods for an improved environment. The founders were motivated by widespread poverty and inequality, environmental degradation, ineffective development approaches and the lack of interaction in involving individuals and people’s organization in environmental protection.
Desirous of catalyzing and influencing change, they decided to work at the grassroots level with communities in Cameroon towards developing models which ensure sustainability of the environment and livelihoods through natural resources management. ECoDAs has been promoting the conservation of biodiversity and the sustainable use of natural resources as tools to fight against poverty and boost socio-economic development since its inception. To enhance meaningful community participation in natural resources management, ECoDAs has been working towards imparting knowledge and skills related to institutional building, resource generation, management and support. The direct field implementation of projects has provided ECoDAs grassroots insights and a firm footing in understanding of community-based needs and sustainable development solutions. This has been further enhanced through support functions such as building linkages, education, engagement training and documentation.
Since creation, ECoDAs has gained recognition as a name of conviction in the conservation and rural development circle in Cameroon through its work, passion and commitment.