Un atelier d'élaboration des lignes directrices des directives pour l'élaboration et la mise en œuvre des plans d'aménagement des aires protégées marines et autres mesures de conservation efficaces par zone marine au Cameroun s'est tenu recemment a Nkolafamba, dans le banlieu de Yaounde.
L’une des recommandations prises à la fin de l’atelier vise à étendre le champ d'intervention du projet « Supporting effective management and community surveillance in the Douala-Edea Marine Protected Area, and advocacy campaigns to end destructive industrial fishing in Cameroon (in Marine Protected Areas, territorial seas and beyond) » déployer par CWCS dans le Parc National de DoualaEdéa, à d'autres écosystèmes marins, notamment au Parc National Marin Manyangue na Elombo Campo et au projet de création du Parc National de Ndongore.
Some 100 hectares of degraded mangrove areas are now being restored in the Douala-Edea National Park in the Littoral Region of Cameroon. The project supported by non-governmental organization Planete Urgence, is being implemented by a consortium of civil society organizations including Cameroon Wildlife Conservation Society (CWCS), Watershed Target Group (WTG) and Cameroun Ecologie (CAMECO).
The restoration project that began in March 2022, comes on the heels of a pilot project that saw the successful reforestation of six hectares of degraded mangroves area in Youmi, in the Douala Edea National Park.
This first phase of the project runs for one year and will witness the planting of 100000 trees, with the CWCS planting 47000. The restoration is taking place within the mangroves of the Wouri river around the villages of Bonendale, Sodiko and Akwa Nord in Douala, Littoral Region of Cameroon.
Local people are participating in these activities and will be in charge of surveillance of the sites where the trees are planted to ensure protection against vandalism.
Mangroves provide essential habitat for thousands of species. They also stabilize shorelines, preventing erosion and protecting land and people from waves and storms. Their dense roots help bind and build soils. Unfortunately, in Cameroon mangroves have been seriously degraded in the last four decades due largely to human activities and natural factors, according to a State of Mangroves report published by Cameroon’s Ministry of Environment, Nature Protection and Sustainable Development (MINEPDED).
Before the launch of the restoration, stakeholders conducted a feasibility study for the establishment of the project. “Field visits were carried out in the mangroves area in the estuary of Cameroon, from Mouanko to Manoka in the Douala Edea National Park and their peripheral zones, passing through Douala, Tiko and Dibamba in the Southwest and Littoral Regions, respectively,” says Eugène DIYOUKE, who is in charge of programs at CWCS.
“We identified and categorized degraded mangroves areas in the Cameroon estuary, according to their vegetation cover, factors and drivers of degradation, main threats to the ecosystem and the management approach to be implemented,” explained Diyouke. “We retained areas with less risks of being perturbed after reforestation and eliminated urban areas and places in which local people carry out their customary rites,” he added.
Created in 2018, the Douala Edea national park covers 262,935 ha with 300,000 ha of surrounding multiple use zones comprising community forest areas, farmlands and agro-industries. The national park is the first marine-terrestrial protected area in Cameroon. Its rich biodiversity includes forest elephants, primates (chimpanzees, black Colubus), forest antelopes, West African manatees, sea turtles etc.
The Cameroon Wildlife Conservation Society (CWCS) actively participated in the first African Protected Areas Congress (APAC) held in Kigali Rwanda from 18-25 July 2022.
Take a deep breath. We are at the foot of the Manengouba Mountain that straddles part of the Southwest and Littoral Regions of Cameroon. The physical beauty of this mountain dazzles first time visitors as they wheel on up its valley views. But you are even more awe-struck when you begin to see and feel the exceptional biodiversity richness of this verdant mountain coupled with the languid and enigmatic Manengouba twin lakes.