Conservation of the Campo-Ma'an National Park and its Surroundings
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WWF is giving support to the Government of Cameroon in the Campo Ma'an National Park (CMNP) to supervise the management of the park and to implement the sustainable use of natural resources within the buffer zones.
Despite pressure from illegal activities, the park is still very important for the protection of the rich and diverse biodiversity in the area. In this regard the Foundation for Environment and Development in Cameroon (FEDEC) requested a project proposal from WWF for the implementation of a environmental compensation scheme in the Campo-Ma'an site.
Situated in the South of Cameroon, the Campo-Ma'an National Park (264,064 ha) was created in 2000 by the Government of Cameroon. The entire area is made up of the park, 4 logging concessions, an agro-forestry zone, and an agro-industrial zone (rubber and palms).
The Campo Ma'an area is very rich in a wide range of species, and a refuge for various taxonomic endemics. It is most important for its high diversity of plants and animals like elephants, lowland gorillas, chimpanzees, hippos, giant pangolins, black colobus, mandrills and leopards.
Threats to this rich biodiversity include logging, poaching and agricultural activities.
- Supervise the management of the CMNP in order to safeguard biodiversity.
- Ensure the sustainable use of natural resources in the buffer zones of the CMNP.
- Enhance the conservation of the Campo-Ma'an coastal area.
- Promote participation of local communities in the management of biodiversity.
- Co-ordinate anti-poaching activities.
- Promote eco-tourism.
Working with local communities in the area, WWF in collaboration with the Ministry of Environment and Forestry (MINEF) and with support from the Foundation for Environment and Development in Cameroon (FEDEC) is ensuring the sustainable management of biodiversity in the area.
WWF is working to strengthen the capacity of MINEF to manage and protect the park and its peripheries for the interest of the people living in the area, as well as increase awareness of target stakeholders on environmental issues and bring them in as partners.
The overall objective of the project is to contribute to the conservation of the Atlantic Equatorial Coastal Forests through the safeguarding of the biodiversity of the Campo-Ma'an National Park.
- Establishment of 3 functional checkpoints at strategic zones around the park to fight against poaching.
- Support given to effective and systematic anti-poaching measures.
- Support given to local communities to develop eco-tourism for improved livelihood.
- Development of community based natural resources management committees.
- Establishment of groundwork for ecological monitoring.
- Collaborative conventions are being established with major companies in the area.
- Development and adoption of a management plan for the park.