ECoDAs is a Cameroon-based registered local organization (NGO) which adopts cutting edge approaches to foster conservation of biodiversity, restoration of fragile ecosystems, establishment of community-based bio-diverse food production and livelihood systems, and democratic decentralization of natural resource governance through education, advocacy, community engagement, training and institutional building.
The Environment and Community Development Association (ECoDAs) Cameroon is a dynamic and flexible grass-roots conservation and development organization with a global vision and local focus – active since 2015 and officially registered by Cameroon’s Ministry of Territorial Administration in 2018 (Reg No: 247/E.27/750/SAAJP). ECoDAs is a membership-based, non-profit, non-partisan, and non-governmental visionary rights-based local organization. ECoDAs does not favor any particular religion or ethnic group.
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 equality, 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. The main areas of intervention of ECoDAs are Natural Resource Management and Sustainable Livelihoods through cutting-edge interventions in Forestry and Biodiversity, Sustainable Agriculture, Women Empowerment, land and water.
Thus, we work towards a sustainable future where knowledge dissemination, community engagement and empowerment and policies are put together to achieve sustainable development. ECoDAs believes that sound environmental conservation approaches can guarantee health and well-being for current and future generations, enhance the economic independence of vulnerable communities and tackle climate change.
We are focused on initiating community led self-sustaining and ecologically balanced people with centred initiatives for socio-economic development. We achieve this by working in partnership with local communities and other relevant stakeholders, including the government and international organisations to unveil and strengthen the potentials and opportunities within local communities for sustainable development.