Montane and lowland forest ecosystems in Cameroon are threatened by deforestation. Rich fertile soil is rapidly being lost as vegetation cover reduces, exposing the soil to various forms of erosion. In the drier mountain areas this is reflected in the many streams that are drying up leading to water scarcity. In the villages and cities, the population keeps rising while ecosystems are weakened and no longer effectively playing their role as life support systems.
It is therefore important to improve the local people’s efforts to manage natural resources more sustainably as well as encourage the restoration of degraded ecosystems. This can be done by improving the ability of these people to meet their basic needs without compromising the needs of future generations.
By training local people and civil service organizations (CSOs) in the theory and practice of analog forestry, communities can be given the tools to restore their environments and increase their income-generating possibilities. Analog forestry stabilizes the environmental damage caused by people by designing architectural structures of vegetation that avoids soil erosion, maintains adequate conditions for the development of plant and animal species and increases natural enemy populations.
Since 2008, the Centre for Nursery Development and Eru Propagation (CENDEP) has pioneered the introduction of analog forestry in 10 communities in the Bamenda Highlands of Cameroon. Adoption of analog forestry have provided improvements in forest cover and various economic and social benefits but also challenges including new conflicts over land use and ownership and gaining authority to validate management regimes in the absence of clear legal rights.
This workshop was organized by CENDEP in collaboration with IAFN. It brought together 20 participants from 8 Civil Society Organizations that have natural forest restoration and/or forest conservation as part of their current or envisaged conservation program. The organization’s ability to raise funds for her activities was equally considered. It was a unique opportunity that brought together a Costa Rican forest farmer with extensive experience in the production of carbon biomass, spices, medicinal plants, fruits, and food stuffs to exchange knowledge with and train future analog forestry trainers in Africa.
By: Wirsiy Eric FondzenyuyReturn to Galleries