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Conservation through beekeeping

This project is based in the Libialem Highlands in Western Cameroon and supports environmental sustainability and development.  The area, rich in biodiversity, is home to indigenous and endangered species but human activity has led to deforestation and erosion, threatening the environment and human life through landslides and economic vulnerability.  A lack of education about forest management has led to unsustainable practices such as over-hunting and extreme deforestation. It is imperative that CeDCoW acts now to halt and indeed reverse this trend, to safeguard the environment and its valuable resources for future generations.  

To achieve this, CeDCoW has been working with the Cameroonian Government and local groups to promote environmental education and alternative income streams such as beekeeping. The ongoing project centres around community education and training accompanied by the promotion of alternative industries and environmental conservation. It takes a participatory approach to engage communities, developing learning resources in local languages and involving local leaders to encourage community-wide adoption of sustainable principles.  

40 village communities have been identified for participation in the project which includes the involvement of schools and local NGOs. A network of organisations will be used to roll out education and training within communities and instil new practices throughout the Highlands where the majority of the population are rural and depend upon forest resources. Women, as the demographic most profoundly subject to poverty, will be particularly encouraged to take a leading role.  Micro-credit will be made available to facilitate the development of alternative industries such as eco-tourism and sustainable charcoal production. It is these activities which will enable the project to be self-funded in 4 years.  

To help long term conservation of the forests, CeDCoW will work with the Government to create community forest protection zones and will continue to monitor land use within the area. It is hoped that the project will have the wider implication of reducing illegal hunting and harvesting.  

CeDCoW takes a balanced approach to sustainability, recognising the ecological and human implications of environment management. Wider implications of the project include steps towards reducing the effect of climate change through sustainable forestry.

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Created On : 12-01-2012
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