More than 60000 tree plants have been planted in an effort to regenerate the mangrove ecosystem in Mouanko-Bolondo localities in the Douala-Edea landscape, Littoral Region of Cameroon. The Cameroon Wildlife Conservation Society (CWCS) is leading the initiative with the financial support of Planete Urgence. The project involved more than 300 local people from five villages who participated in sensitization meetings and activities in the field.
Some 60,000 seedlings were planted on six hectares of land spread over two sites, one of which was four hectares for 40,000 seedlings and the other two hectares for 20,000 seedlings. The reforestation drive included community sensitization and training.
The local population collected propagules and plant material necessary for the construction of shades that housed the nurseries. They also participated in the preparation of pots and seeds for the nurseries. With the help of local communities, the seedlings were gradually planted in the selected planting sites.
At the end of the project, more than 71,000 propagules were collected and 68,335 seedlings were put in nurseries. The planting operations have been completed with 64,317 trees planted, of which 4,317 were used to replace dead plants (replanting) and 4,017 in the nursery for follow-up. The mortality rate is currently 7.20%.
The mangrove ecosystem, one of the most powerful natural carbon sinks in the world, has been identified locally as one of the priority options that can help restore the environment of this sensitive agro-ecological area and its role in mitigating climate change. It will also support the emergence or strengthening of value chains based on biodiversity, in favor of the local development of communities and strengthening their capacity to adapt to the effects of climate change.
The Cameroonian coastline has more than 220,000 ha of mangrove, which is already partially degraded or even destroyed. This pilot project dubbed “Mangrove restoration in support of community resilience and biodiversity protection in Mouanko-Bolondo” aimed to contribute to the sustainable management of the coastal forest ecosystems of the zone by reducing the economic and social vulnerabilities of local communities.
The biodiversity of Tchabal Mbabo, a montane reserve located in the Adamawa Region of Cameroon and covering a surface area of 106,762 ha, represents a globally recognized key biodiversity area with several endemic and threatened species, unique vegetation types and huge ecotourism potential.
A rapid survey of mammals, birds and amphibians, conducted by experts from the Cameroon Wildlife Conservation Society (CWCS), revealed Tchabal Mbabo’s potentials as key biodiversity area worthy to be declared a national park.
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.