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Mount Muanenguba

Traditionally, conservation practice in the marginalised South-West Region of Cameroon has predominantly been the fencing off of reserves.

Inevitably, separating people and their forest has led to increased poverty and community conflict.

A megadiverse area for wildlife, this region hosts the highest plant density in Central Africa and one-fifth of all African primate species including drills, chimpanzees and monkeys.

With the mountain slopes covered mainly by fertile volcanic soil, plants and crops thrive and grow easily. However, a lack of sustainable farming skills and the capital to invest in the adequate tools and seeds required often leaves families hunting bushmeat for an income. Despite the illegality and danger, many see no other option.

With Cool Earth’s support a steadfast local NGO, the Centre for Community Regeneration and Development (CCREAD), is offering an alternative to logging and bushmeat trade. This partnership aims to provide alternative sustainable livelihoods that reduce pressure on the wildlife-rich rainforest.

Partner Organisation: Centre for Community Regeneration and Development (CCREAD-Cameroon)

 

Challenges

A lack of sustainable and reliable incomes is driving deforestation and placing pressure on the rainforest, due to expanding community agriculture and continued hunting.

Tree-cutting to produce charcoal and land clearance for palm oil plantations and larger farmland plots is on the rise across the country.

Although illegal and dangerous, 90% of local communities have at least two bushmeat hunters in the family. With no alternative income generation activities available, families continue to hunt rare primates and other endangered species.

Livelihood Building | Cool Earth | Cameroon

Activities



Planned outcomes

The current situation in Cameroon makes forest protection neither simple nor easy, but Hilary Ngide, Executive Director at CCREAD-Cameroon, says that conflict and uncertainty in the country makes it all the more imperative to support the people who live there.

The word is already beginning to spread. Throughout the region, others are learning about sustainable income-generating ideas that help reduce pressures on the rainforest.



Mount Muanenguba

“I’m doing what I like to do, and want to do what I can. I might have to move on foot for hours, but I need to be there to
encourage others. ” 

Hilary Ngide, Executive Director at CCREAD-Cameroon

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