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Our Projects

Women Green Clubs (WGCs)

WGCs is a livelihoods improvement initiative for rural women across the Republic of Cameroon. Recognizing women as the main drivers of rural development, ABOYERD is working to transform the lives of socially excluded and low-income women in rural areas from social exclusion to social inclusion and from poverty to prosperity while conserving the ecosystems on which they depend for livelihood. With generous support from The Pollination Project, the pilot phase of this program trained over 40 low-income and socially excluded Mbororo (cattle-herding indigenous pastoralist) women from four villages in Foto-Dschang, West Region, Cameroon on collective entrepreneurship through organic commercial kitchen gardening. These women have started raising their own income and are beginning to appreciate the importance of economic independence. They are now acting as trainers, sharing knowledge and new skills acquired with their peers. With successes recorded, ABOYERD is now scaling up this project to other communities.

School Wildlife Programs (SWPs)

SSWPs is a conservation education initiative of ABOYERD targeting school children in conservation priority areas. With seed support from the Mohammed bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund, we are working with primary and secondary schools surrounding the Mbam Djerem National Park to safeguard the park’s unique biodiversity. Having recognized youths as tomorrows stewards of biodiversity, this program is intended to increase knowledge of environmental issues in order to promote awareness and concerns for nature conservation in secondary school students; inform children about the fauna and flora of the region so that they learn about the importance of the forests, its products, and its wildlife. We hope this will encourage students to take pride in the biodiversity that exists in their region; inform children and encourage their respect for existing laws on forestry, fisheries and wildlife to reduce illegal activities; introduce important conservation concepts (e.g. sustainable use, pollution avoidance) and ecological principles (e.g. interdependence, adaptation, cycling of resources) to promote active participation in nature conservation. So far, we have established active wildlife clubs in five primary and secondary schools close to the Mbam Djerem National Park. More are being created in secondary schools within the Lebialem Highlands of southwestern Cameroon. Contributions made by these clubs in habitat regeneration and the fight against climate change have been overwhelming.

Population, Health and Environment (PHE) Programs

PHE is a relatively new but very effective conservation and climate change impact mitigation concept being implemented by ABOYERD in some of our priority areas. In partnership with another local NGO known as HEDECS (Health Development Consultancy Services), ABOYERD has been working with the indigenous population of the Kagwene Gorilla Sanctuary, northwestern Cameroon to establish a balance between population and natural resources and improve their resilience to climate change impacts. Major activities have included family planning and health education and outreach programs. Through this initiative, women within the area now have control over the timing of pregnancy and are beginning to appreciate the importance of having fewer children with a guaranteed future. It is hoped that through reduced birthrates, the population will drop and a balance between population and environment will be established. By empowering these people to combat and avoid common health challenges such as sexually transmissible infections and waterborne diseases, this program is gradually building their resilience against climate change impacts. ABOYERD is now expanding the program to other priority sites including but not limited to Mbam Djerem National Park, Nki National Park, Campo Ma’an National Park and the Kilum-Ijim Community Forest.

Participatory Wildlife Research and Monitoring

ABOYERD is made up of a team of qualified and experienced researchers in applied ecology and wildlife management as well as agriculture. ABOYERD is currently involved in scientific research on wildlife species including rare and endemic birds such as the Bannerman’s turaco and the Banded Wattle-eye, mammals such as pangolins, black colobus, chimpanzees and gorillas, and endemic species of amphibians. Research on poaching and illegal harvesting of forest resources has also been of interest. Through results acquired, we have been able to advocate for and implement effective conservation management approaches and influence policy. For a bigger impact, we ensure that research results are well documented and disseminated through publications in peer-reviewed journals and presentations at local and international conferences. With this, we hope to execute our mission of assuring a future for wildlife species, the ecosystems in which they occur and the human communities that rely on them within rural areas across the Republic of Cameroon.

Community-driven Conservation (CC)

In order to heighten awareness of the importance of biodiversity and the need to conserve it, ABOYERD has been carrying out awareness raising campaigns within target communities and has also been planning and implementing conservation education programs targeting public and private school students and administrators as well as educators’ associations. By this, more and more local communities are taking up the challenge of standing as stewards of their rich ecosystems. Our main secret to success has been the provision of livelihoods alternatives which have indeed improved the living conditions of target communities who have in turn pledged their support for the long-term conservation of wildlife. Our major activities for alternative livelihoods have been beekeeping, mushroom farming, and more recently snail domestication. Dependence on forest resources for livelihoods within these communities has dropped tremendously, thus reducing pressure on the forest. Considering the huge conservation successes achieved through this program, ABOYERD has listed education/outreach and capacity building in livelihoods alternatives as top priority.

Ecosystem Restoration (ER)

Having seen that ecosystem restoration is fundamental to achieving the SDGs, particularly on climate change, poverty eradication, food security, water and biodiversity conservation, ABOYERD has taken up the challenge of planning and implementing tree planting programs with agroforestry as key activity. Our success with this program is owed to the highly inclusive and participatory approach used. We follow a purely community-based approach wherein the local population participates in mapping of degraded plots, identification of native trees for restoration, development/management of community nurseries and planting of saplings. Our community nursery approach has proven to be a huge incentive for local support and guarantor of sustainability as nurseries often provide income-generating opportunities, act as models for further nursery development, provide seedlings more cheaply to other projects, and raise the particular species that local people are interested in.

Student Research Equipment Aid

: One of the greatest challenges faced by students of biodiversity conservation in our higher institutions of learning remains lack of access to basic research equipment. To solve this problem and promote conservation actions, ABOYERD is putting in place a scheme through which students will be able to get assistance in the form of basic research equipment such as GPS, Camera traps, binoculars, range-finders etc. for their school research programs. This program is still at its infancy and in-kind donations from generous enthusiasts are very much welcomed. To help produce a future conservationist, kindly visit our DONATION page!


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