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 Cameroon’s rich flora and fauna 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 such 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.
ABOYERD’s mission is to promote the protection of wildlife and their ecosystems, while assuring a future for human communities living within, through scientific research, community-based environmental education and outreach, forest landscape restoration, sustainable community development and advocacy within conservation priority areas across the Republic of Cameroon.
ABOYERD’s vision is an environment where both humans and wildlife enjoy a mutually beneficial co-existence.
Our Core Values
|1. To promote environmentally responsible behaviour and build young people’s ability to address critical environmental and social development issues.
|2. To improve on the livelihoods, culture, and socio-economic status of indigenous communities dependent on natural forests for survival.
|3. 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.
|4. To protect, regenerate, restore, and maintain the biodiversity of Cameroon’s areas of high conservation value while fostering partnerships to better promote sustainable development in Protected Areas.