FEDA Activities

SURVEY AND EVALUATION OF ENVIRONMENTAL CLUBS IN SECONDARY SCHOOLS IN THE MFOUNDI DIVISION - CENTRE REGION, CAMEROON

Marine and fresh water Research


» A study the impact of solid waste (debris) deposited on 3 beaches in Limbe and potential impact on tourism

» Assess the efficiency of waste treatment through use of serial ponds in the Tiko CDC rubber factory.

» FEDA in collaboration with IRAD again in 2016, undertook preliminary assessment of the health status of the marine environment around Limbe and Tiko

» FEDA undertook a scooping mission to the Barombi Mbo Crater Lake which is a Ramsar site in Kumba, Meme Division. This led to development and submission of a project which was not favorable considered

» FEDA undertook a scooping mission to the Barombi Mbo Crater Lake which is a Ramsar site in Kumba, Meme Division. This led to development and submission of a project which was not favorable considered


Biodiversity conservation


» FEDA has been involved in wildlife trade monitoring with focus on bushmeat especially pangolins which scales are under very high demand from Asia for medicinal purposes . A FEDA staff is currently undergoing a 15 months training on pangolins conservation with the Zoological Society of London

» FEDA is monitoring the trade of Gnetum Africa (Eru) which is in high demand for food, especially in neighboring Nigeria but which is receiving little or no restoration attention

» FEDA in collaboration with IRIS Ingénierie, Cameroon carried out a Scoping Study which was to contribute to the pre-feasibility study of a 60-100MW PV solar project near Mbalmayo, Cameroon to be constructed by JCM GREENQUEST Canada.


Local empowerment and agriculture development


» Proximity sourcing for the benefit of local communities: This research was to determine how local farmers in the proximity of boarding schools could benefit from these schools though the supply of food items to the school and avoid schools sourcing these from far away places.

Education


» A number of FEDA staff have therefore benefited from capacity development in various fields including short term training courses and internship some of which include:

» The FEDA conservation Manager has attended short courses/fellowship provided by the IAEA both in Cameroon and abroad on domains including marine and coastal zone management, pollution and sea food safety;

» Another FEDA staff had a 6 months internship with Heifer Project International which is a grassroots level organization providing support for the sustainable self-development of people using the resources available in their community;

» Another staff worked as intern with the organization, Noah’s Ark, Bamenda, under the Rural Drinking Water and Sanitation Project;

» The Policy and advocacy officer of FEDA is undergoing a 15 months internship on pangolin conservation with the Zoological Society of London in Cameroon.

» Two members of FEDA were trained in plantain propagation process, the objective being to promote large scale economic production of high producing plantain varieties.

» Another staff worked as intern with the organization, Noah’s Ark, Bamenda, under the Rural Drinking Water and Sanitation Project;

» FEDA has also provided training and support to number of students from various universities, in Cameroon notably University of Buea and Dschang, Institute of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences Yabassi, University of Douala to works on various subjects including:

» Environmental and social impact assessments;

» Agroforestry,

» Water management

» Biodiversity conservation

OUTREACH


» Plantain cultivation: This involves contribution to a farmer training school initiative of the German government, production and supply of seedling and provision of field technical support and monitoring to plantain producers.

» Promoting tree planting: This is one of the focus activities of the Food and Environment Clubs (FEC) of FEDA. FEDA is advocating, inter alia, for the government of Cameroon in institutionalize a national tree day as part of efforts to encourage forest restoration in Cameroon.

» Support of orphan and vulnerable children: The activities of FEDA are focused on supporting their caretakers (parents and relations responsible for their wellbeing) to generate funds for their support. Collaboration with Noah's Ark.

Advocacy for a "National Tree Day"


The Forest and Environnement Development Association (FEDA) urged the government of Cameroon to declare a “National Tree Day” (NTD) as part of celebrations of the International Year of the Forest (IYF), in 2011. The United Nations General Assembly declared 2011 as the International Year of Forests to raise awareness on sustainable management, conservation and sustainable development of all types of forests.

The declaration of a, National Tree Day, would be a concrete output of the celebration of the IYF and a strong indication of government’s commitment to sustaining the forest landscape, combating climate change and desertification and improving the environment for the benefit of its people, according to Dr Ngeh Paulinus (Founder and President of FEDA). The NTD will not only help to raise awareness but would effectively engage the population, (from 2011 henceforth), in government’s efforts to sustainably manage and conserve biodiversity and the wise use of forest resources.

The production of 1000 Posters on ‘Some Facts and figures on Cameroon Forest’ in both English and French. These posters were distributed to secondary schools in Yaoundé, Buea and Bamenda as well as to regional Delegations of Forestry and Wildlife and Environment and Protection of Nature in the Centre


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South and S.W Regions. Posters distributed to environmental clubs.

According to the FAO, about 42% (19 million ha) of the total land area of Cameroon is forested. The forests in Cameroon are rich in natural resources which contribute immensely to the economy, livelihood of local communities and the environment. Some 1,661 known species of amphibians, birds, mammals and reptiles have been recorded in Cameroon forest according to the World Conservation Monitoring Centre. Of these, 7.2% are endemic and 6.7% are threatened. Cameroon’s forest contains 2,696 million metric tons of carbon in living forest biomass. The lumber industry is Cameroon's second largest source of export revenue behind petroleum, employing 25,000 workers and accounting for 7.4 percent of Cameroon's GDP. In spite of its importance, the Cameroon forest is facing numerous challenges. From 1990 to 2010, 18.1% (4.4 million ha) of forest cover was lost at a rate of 220,000 ha per year. Efforts by the government to reverse this trend have fallen far short of expectations. The global economic crises led to a general reduction in budgetary allocation to various sectors of the economy with the forestry sector suffering most. It is no secret that that reforestation/afforestation programmes in Cameroon have come to a virtual standstill and many protected areas and forest research sites are being encroached for lack of resources to undertake, even basic field monitoring exercise.


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Live broadcast of the Programme ‘FEDA Hour’ at ‘Radio Environnement’ in Yaoundé.

FEDA equally organized a Radio call in programme at ‘Radio Environnement’ in Yaoundé for a month to sensitize the public on the importance of the forest. For each day that the programme went on air, 5 winners were selected and were reward airtime each.


A ‘National Tree Day” which will result in the planting of about 3-5 million trees, per year, would go a long way to revamping the forestry landscape and improving the environment, through the establishment of recreational parks, greening of school campuses, support of communal forest restoration and/or establishment etc. By declaring a NTD, Cameroon would join the growing list of countries already celebrating this day. It is the hope of FEDA that many more countries would declare NTD, and the momentum and results generated through the celebration of this day would encourage the United Nations General Assembly to declare an ‘International Tree Day’ in the not too distant future, concluded Dr Ngeh.


About National Tree Day:

The National Tree Day is a special day for all Cameroonians to help out in planting and caring for trees (especially native species) to improve their livelihood, the environment and to combat climate change and desertification.


About the World Conservation Monitoring Centre 2000 (WCMC).

WCMC 2000 promote for the public benefit the conservation, protection, enhancement and support of nature and natural resources worldwide. UNEP-WCMC was established in July 2000 as collaboration between WCMC 2000 and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the world’s foremost intergovernmental environmental organization. Prior to July 2000 the World Conservation Monitoring Centre was an independent organization, jointly supported and managed by IUCN – The World Conservation Union, UNEP and WWF.


Website: www.wcmc.org.uk

For more information contact:

  • Dr. Ngeh Paulinus
    e-mail: ngeh.2010@gmail.com

  • Mr. Charles Bonjo
    bongcharles@yahoo.com