• ABOYERD-CAMEROON, DSCHANG
  • (+237) 6 75 80 26 34
  • info@aboyerd.org

About Us

Aghah Valery Binda

Executive Director

Dr. Taku Awa II

Chairman, Board of Directors

Aweneg Belibrandy Anwi

Secretary, Board of Directors

Ndam Amieh Lizzy

Treasurer, Board of Directors
  • thumb1 Aghah Valery BindaExecutive Director

    ABOYERD has a dedicated, passionate team of young dynamic professionals bringing a broad spectrum of skills and experience to the organization. ABOYERD believes that people are the key to successful programs and projects both at organizational level and at community level. Our team works with grassroots people to provide support at every stage of the project process, from initial planning through to implementation and evaluation.
    ABOYERD-CAMEROON Bridging Wildlife Conservation and Livelihoods for a Safer Future

  • thumb1 Dr. Taku Awa II , Chairman, Board of Directors

    Dr. TAKU AWA II holds a PhD in Applied Ecology and Conservation from the University of Reading in the UK. He is currently a lecturer in Applied Ecology and wildlife Management at the University of Dschang, Cameroon. Dr. Taku Awa II is a seasoned teacher/researcher specialized in Applied Ecology and Ornithology with knowledge and experience in ecological assessment methods: able to structure research projects and capture data of sufficient quality and quantity into databases that facilitates integration and interpretation of highly dimensional data. Possess leadership and expertise to plan, develop, organize and implement ecological research programs, providing cutting edge ecological and policy solutions to environmental risks and contributing to overcome research and conservation challenges. Besides teaching and research, he is a qualified environmentalist with relevant experience in environmental compliance and regulatory management, environmental and social impact assessment, environmental monitoring, auditing and incident reporting, waste management, natural resource management and rehabilitation of disturbed landscapes.

  • thumb1 Aghah Valery Binda, Executive Director

    AGHAH VALERY BINDA has over eight years of experience as a teacher of environmental science and over three years of experience in biodiversity conservation with special interest in using social and economic incentives to strengthen biodiversity conservation in biodiversity-rich but financially poor rural communities. He is an alumnus of the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) West Africa Emerging Leaders Program, Accra-Ghana. Valery is Africa Section liaison of the conference committee of the Society for Conservation Biology (SCB) where he is part of a global community of conservation professionals dedicated to advancing the science and practice of conserving Earth's biological diversity, and also doubles as Secretary General of the Cameroon Chapter of the society. He holds a Master’s Degree in Applied Ecology and Wildlife Management at the University of Dschang, Cameroon where he also serves as an Ambassador for Environmental Science without Borders (ESWB), under the Center for Diverse Leadership in Science, University of California Los Angeles. Valery is so passionate about the protection of nature in its entirety and is committed to using biodiversity conservation in ensuring zero poverty, zero hunger, good health and well-being, and clean water and sanitation in rural communities.

OUR OBJECTIVES

Agriculture and Bio-conservation Organization for Youth Empowerment and Rural Development (ABOYERD) has adopted certain specific objectives which are to:

• To empower students, pupils and farmers, hunters and local indigenes on “climate change fight” strategies
• Protect, regenerate, restore, enrich and maintain the biodiversity of Cameroon’s areas of high conservation value, having direct or indirect impact on human life.
• Support development and implementation of protected area management and business plans, with collaborative management and wildlife law enforcement as central themes
• Promote livelihoods, culture, and socio-economic development such as ecotourism and rights of communities dependent on these ecosystems.
• Engage actively in biodiversity conservation research that will inform policy-making, act as a repository of information and build the foundation for capacity building and welfare programs.
• Cooperate and foster partnerships with other organizations - government, NGO, private sector, community and donor - to better promote sustainable development in rural areas; and
• Raise awareness and build young people’s ability to address critical environmental and social development issues.
• To stimulate tree planting (agroforestry) and modern farming techniques as well as improved pasture.
• Encourage research students with money/research equipment for scientific discovery towards conservation of the ecosystem.

WHO WE ARE


Agriculture and Bio-conservation Organization for Youth Empowerment and Rural Development (ABOYERD) is a grassroots nonprofit, non-denominational, apolitical organization legally registered as a Common Initiative Group (CIG) with registration number NW/GP/001/17/16274 in conformity with law No 92/006 of 14th August 1992 of the Republic of Cameroon. We believe that for conservation of Cameroon’s rich wildlife to thrive, indigenous communities must be the focal point as they are often biodiversity rich, highly biodiversity-dependent for livelihood, and predominantly poor. We focus on these communities providing them with conservation awareness, livelihoods alternatives as well as highly democratic, participatory, and pro-poor research based conservation strategies. We believe that by working with these communities in an innovative, collaborative and action oriented approach, we will be able to promote sustainable development, the conservation of biological diversity and natural ecosystems, and the wise and ethical use of natural resources for the benefit of these indigenous people both present and future. Our belief is that these local actions will have cascading impacts at the global level. ABOYERD is committed to excellence, transparency and accountability in delivering our work, responding to the needs of the indigenous people and our environment, and in working together with our partners, communities and all sectors of society for long term solutions.