Founded in 1994, Cameroon Wildlife Conservation Society, CWCS is one of the lead and pioneer conservation national NGOs in Cameroon. The organization’s mission is to contribute to safeguarding Cameroon’s biodiversity by promoting rational utilization of its natural resources for purpose of sustainable development and nature conservation. CWCS is a democratic membership organization with over 100 members and volunteers/sympathizers from various professional disciplines.
The affairs of the organization are managed on daily basis by national bureau headed by an elected chairperson/president assisted by an executive composed primarily of a secretary general, treasure, national program coordinator and technical advisors. In terms of membership, the following are defined categories of members of the organization:
Cameroon Wildlife Conservation Society (CWCS) (No. 00085/RDA/J06/BAPP of 19 February 1997of SDO Mfoundi, Yaounde; MoU MINFOF-CWCS: Memorandum No.0994/MINFOF of 22 November 2007) is a leading national conservation, research and development NGO with over one and half decade years experience in coastal Atlantic forest, mangrove and wetlands projects working with Cameroon Government and other conservation NGOs and partners on environmental issues related to sustainable natural resource utilisation and economic development. CWCS has been actively involved over these years under the banner of its Coastal Forests and Mangrove Conservation Programme with office based in Mouanko, Littoral Region helping the government in protected areas management in the rich littoral zone of Cameroon and CWCS Inland Wetlands Conservation Programme under the banner of the Upper Nyong Valley Wetlands Project with office based in Ayos/Akonolinga, in Centre/East Region. Moreover, CWCS currently hosts the secretariat of the Cameroon Mangrove Conservation Network of over 40 coastal associations, NGOs and Common Initiative Groups. CWCS widely succeeds through the use of its multi-stakeholder participatory approach to implement its community based biodiversity conservation projects and programmes from planning, monitoring, evaluation to dissemination of results through institutional development, scientific research and policy outreach as part of its strategies to ensure sustainable livelihoods and biodiversity conservation.