WWF Coastal Forest Programme - Project achievements

Balancing Conservation & Livelihoods

Protected Area creation and management

- Public notices have been produced aimed at changing status of Ebo forest (141,700 ha) from a sanctuary to a National Park.
- Facilitation of the creation of Bakossi National Park (29.330 hectares)
Facilitation of the legal process for the creation of proposed Mounts Kupe (4.676 hectares) and Muanenguba (5.252 hectares) Integral Ecological Reserves.
- Facilitation of process leading to government’s endorsement of one community forest (Wo’Onge Community Forest in the Boa plains, 2196 hectares). Three community forests (Woteva, Etinde and Bakingili in the SW province) have been reserved and their processes for gazzettement are underway.
- Conservation activities (monitoring and anti poaching) has been revamped and is ongoing in the Korup national Park. Eco-guards in the Korup National Park have been supplied with, and trained on the use of, field equipment (cyber-trackers, GPS, Compass etc) to collect and analyse data.
Completion of baseline studies that would form the basis of participatory management of the future Mount Cameroon National Park. (Size)

Ecological monitoring

- Elephant movement around the Mount Cameroon area is being monitored via satellite after the tagging of two elephants in the area.

- Geo-spatial distribution of key large mammals such as elephants, drills, chimpanzees, gorilla has been determined in key conservation sites (Ebo, Kupe, Bakossi, Muanenguba, and Mt. Cameroon.

Community-based natural resources management

- Through technical and material support, the programme has enabled 33 viable CBOs to get involved in various income generating activities such as beekeeping, snail, pig, poultry, cane rat (Thrynomys sp), agroforestry and eco-tourism. For example, the Tombel Bee Farmers Association (TOBA) produces about 2000 litres of natural honey annually which generates about USD 9,000; Another CBO involved in snail farming (CADEV) makes a monthly average profit of about USD 210 from sale of processed snails; some ex-hunters of a village besides Mount Kupe (Nyasoso village) have been convinced to forego hunting and form a group to serve as guides, porters, research assistants in order to raise some income for their livelihood.
- About 30 Village Forest Management Committees involving some 54 villages have been formed around the proposed Mount Cameroon National Park area
Environmental education programmes have been initiated in 43 primary schools and 11 secondary schools totaling about 10.000 young boys and girls.

Responsible forestry

Through its responsible forestry approach, WWF is providing technical support to a logging company in the Ebo landscape - Transformation Reef Cameroon (TRC).
WWF through the Central African Forestry and Trade Network (CAFTN) initiative provided technical assistance and guidance to TRC (which is a member of this initiative) in the process to obtain FSC certificate for their concessions.
In this area, WWF focuses on the identification and conservation of biodiversity in the logging concession as well as corporate social responsibility to allow local communities to effectively benefit from forest management. WWF assists TRC in making wildlife inventories in the concessions. Staff from the logging company are trained on the job as they will later be responsible for monitoring wild life in the concession when implementing the company’s action plan for the progress or maintenance of FSC certification. Likewise, areas of cultural importance for local and indigenous people are identified. As a result of these inventories, areas inside the concession that are of high importance (so called High Conservation Value Forests (HCVF)) are identified. These areas form a kind of protected areas inside the logging concession and the company is not allowed to make logging operations within them.

Valorizing non timber forest products in the area is essential for livelihoods. Bush pepper from the Bakossi forest
Set for action: More honey more money! 
	© WWF / WWF-CARPO / Peter Ngea
Set for action: More honey more money!
© WWF / WWF-CARPO / Peter Ngea
Geo-spatial distribution of key large mammals such as elephants, drills, chimpanzees, gorilla has been determined in key conservation sites. Picture shows WWF team putting a satellite collar on an elephants on Mount Cameroon

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