RCE Buea - 2018

Green Mount Cameroon
Basic Information
Title of project : 
Green Mount Cameroon
Submitting RCE: 
RCE Buea
Contributing organization(s) : 
Green Cameroon and FAAFNET NGO
Focal point(s) and affiliation(s)
Masango Sone
Organizational Affiliation: 
Green Cameroon
Mumbe Lyonga
Organizational Affiliation: 
Format of project: 
Language of project: 
Date of submission:
Thursday, May 31, 2018
The project is linked to sustainable development policies in that, it not only involves and educate local communities on climate change mitigation but also contributes to their economic sustainability through training and capacity building.
At what level is the policy operating?: 
Geographical & Education Information
Africa and Middle East
Buea, SouthWest Region
Address of focal point institution for project: 
Green Cameroon, Buea Town Green Stadium, P.O. Box 96, Buea, Cameroon
Target Audience:
Socioeconomic and environmental characteristics of the area : 
Mount Cameroon is an active volcano and because of its rich volcanic soil and humid climate, the region is quite diverse providing habitat to a rich collection of plants and animals. Known species of trees include cyathea Cameroon, Trilopacerim spp, kola laterite. Trees of economic importance include Prunus africana, Mahogany, Entandrophragma angolesse, coelocaryson preussii, kigelia africana. In terms of animal species, Mount Cameroon region host Monkeys, Elephants, Porcupines, Antellopes, Dear and others.
Habitat loss and hunting of native fauna are the principal threats to this ecoregion. Habitat loss is caused by the unsustainable exploitation of firewood, overgrazing, fire damage, agricultural encroachment and collection of medicinal bark (Prunus africana).
Description of sustainable development challenge(s) in the area the project addresses: 
The project addresses issues of deforestation, habitat loss and unemployment. The project aims at putting in place a mechanism and knowhow for the replacement of lost forest. Alternatives source of wood for general household heating and cooking were put in place to reduce the pressure that was mounted on forest by community’s high demand for wood. At the same time community members and students were educated on the importance of forest and what they can do to preserve it. They were also be given skills through the training that can help them run economic activities through the production of seedlings.
January, 2017
General Objective:
- To contribute to the conservation of biodiversity in the Mount Cameroon Forest Region by reducing the pressure mounted on our forest by community demand for fuel wood (fire wood used in cooking and household heating)

Specific Objectives:
- Build capacity of community members on tree propagation techniques, nursery management and agroforestry practices.
- Involve students and youths in conservation issues by giving them hands on experience on nursery establishment, management and general agroforestry practices.
- Instigate the culture of reforestation and conservation through a series of tree planting exercises.
- Contribute to fighting climate change by planting trees that will serve as carbon sink.
Activities and/or practices employed: 
1) A sensitization phase aimed at contacting local communities and the selected schools, raising awareness about the project, its importance both to community members and to biodiversity conservation, method of application and the establishment of a work time table with village communities.

2) Capacity Building workshop on Tree Propagation, Nursery Establishment and Mangement. The phasel impacted skill in both the students and community members. They were able to use these skills to generate some income for themselves.

3) Tree planting exercises and creation of woodlots in the various communities and farms. During this phase, the trees that were nursed in the various nurseries shall be planted in the areas where forest has been lost and other woodlots as the communities shall see necessary.
Size of academic audience: 
- Through the project, we were able to hold sensitization talks on good biodiversity conservation practices in at least three village communities in the Mount Cameroon Forest Region. This shall raise the general awareness of community members on the importance of forest and how its degradation leads to climate change and other ills.
- Trained at least 30 community members on Trees Propagation, Nursery Management and Agroforestry techniques.
- Established at least 3 tree nurseries in villages in the Mount Cameroon Forest Region.
- Produced at least 2500 tree seedlings for planting
- Plan and orchestrate the planting of at least 1500 trees in this region. This will ensure that the present generation and that to come have somewhere they can go to for wood which seems to be needed on a daily bases.
- Established at least one wood lot in each of the chosen 3 village communities from were fire wood can be harvested in the near future for household heating and cooking.
- Contribute to fighting climate change by reducing lose of forest cover through tree planting.
Lessons learned: 
- We had issues with getting water for watering communities such as Bonakanda. Meeting hours were not respected by many as they had farm work to attend to. We learned that some community members are applying agro forestry practices in their local communities without being fully aware of what they are doing and how it is positively affecting their farms. And example of such is life fences which are common among the Bakweries
Relationship to other RCE activities: 
This project was carried out between Green Cameroon and FAAFNET NGO under the banner of RCE Buea with the participation of most RCE partners at the national level.
The Projects was funded by Eco Peace Leadership Center


File Name Caption for picture Photo Credit
Image icon Green Cameroon.1.jpg (3.02 MB) Tree planting in community of Woteke Green Cameroon
Image icon Green Cameroon.2.jpg (2.27 MB) Community project planning meeting Green Cameroon
Image icon Green Cameroon.3.jpg (4.48 MB) Community Capacity building workshop on tree nursery management and trees propagation Green Cameroon
UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
(https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/sdgs) and other themes of Education for Sustainable Development (ESD)
SDG 1 - End poverty in all its forms everywhere 
SDG 6 - Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all 
SDG 8 - Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment, and decent work for all 
SDG 12 - Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns 
SDG 13 - Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts 
SDG 15 - Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification and halt and reverse land degradation, and halt biodiversity loss 
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