25th May, 2018
CELEBRATING THE 25th YEAR OF THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE CONVENTION ON BIOLOGICAL DIVERSITY
2018 marks the 25th anniversary of the entry into force of the Convention on Biological Diversity. This year’s IDB theme will be “Celebrating 25 Years of Action for Biodiversity”.
In partnership with the Ministry of Environment, Nature Protection and Sustainable Development, OIPA Cameroon has carried out a week of activities such as radio talks and debates to commemorate this day.
The activities culminated with the planting of over 200 “water-friendly” trees in the Chomba Community Forest. The aim was to restore the habitat for wildlife species, improve water quality and quantity and combat climate change.
Since the launching of the Chomba Community Forest Conservation Project at the beginning of 2018 more than 800 trees have been planted.
The project positively affects the neighboring villages too, such as Mbatu and Nsogwa. This whole area has been damaged by human activities ranging from farming to grazing. Forest loss leads to a shortage of water supply, soil degradation and climate imbalance. Forests provide wildlife habitat and play important economic, social, and cultural roles in the lives of many indigenous communities. Therefore, forests and forest biological diversity are innately linked to ecosystem and human well-being. However, involving communities in forest conservation is a major factor that will contribute to sustainable forest management. On this note, OIPA Cameroon plans to organize a workshop that will empower the primary and secondary school teachers in all the schools in Chomba, Mbatu and Nsongwa with substantial skills on how to sensitize children on animal welfare and environmental protection.