Principal thematic and Geographical areas

Protected areas establishment: This is principally focused on conducting multiple resource inventories to identify and map out new protected areas especially within threatened ecosystems. Some of the critical ecosystems identified are the marine coastal ecosystem that includes the mangrove forests in Douala-Edea littoral zone, the extensive Nyong upper valley wetlands in South East and the Trans border Tchambal Mbabo montane forests & Savana massif in north western zone of Cameroon.

  • Collaborative management: Involving stakeholders in the overall natural resource management process as demonstrated by its Douala-Edea Forest Project that it is critical to wining their support to conservation work.
  • Ecological monitoring: Comprehensive monitoring is required to provide a sound scientific base of checking trends in resource use over time and likewise to help shape management plans for the protected areas.
  • Gender issues: Carrying out gender mainstreaming programmes to facilitate the integration of women in the overall decision making process.
  • Environmental education: CWCS supports the development and implementation of school environmental education programmes at grassroots level including the activities of school nature clubs.

Networking and lobbying: At national level, CWCS is working with several national and international NGOs and donor agencies to build strong networks that could be used to influence national biodiversity conservation and environmental policies. On a regional level, CWCS collaborates with organisations such as Mangrove Action Project (MAP) based in Los Angeles United States of America, to develop a West and Central Africa regional national NGOs network for protection of mangroves and also promoting innovative collaborative approaches to ensure integration of mangrove communities in overall management of natural resources.