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Sorry for the long moment of silence.

– Please note that from the 31 May to the 03 June will take place in Brazzaville, Congo the 1st Summit of the Three Tropical Forest Basin.
The expected outcome of this sommit are among others:
– the signing of an agreement on Tropical Forest concerning climate change and forestry research for the three basin;
– signing of a collaborative contract between ASSEAN – ACTO – COMIFAC.

Tropical Forest and Rural Development will be there with the Zoo of Praha and the Central African Protected Areas Network to present and distributes the book “Histoires des Gorilles”. An environmental education didactic materiel for primary school children.

Please we will keep you inform.

Best regards.

COMMONWEALTH FORESTRY CONFERENCE AT ENDINBURG

From 28th june to 2nd july 2010, it is organized by IUCN-World Commission on Protected Areas – Specialist Group on the Cultural and Spiritual Values of Protected Areas and Sacred Natural Site India Chapter at AERF.
The Theme: Concerving the Commonwealth’s Cultural, Sacred and Religious Forest as Nodes of Resilience to Climate Change: Towards a Strategy and Action Plan.

Sacred Forest of the Pygmees in the Congo Bassin are not recognise and in many case under destruction by looging compagnies;

The Biodiversity of the Dja: Pygmies and Non Timber Forest Products

During centuries the pygmies lived thanks to their activities of hunters gatherers in the forest of the Congo Basin.These are activities of which they have the control in time and space. Although they have an ultimate knowledge of the forest products, the pygmies always occupied the ring of marketing of Non Wood Forest Products a subordinate position. Passing the facto through the channel of their Bantu Neighbour, they are reduce by it to sell collected products at generaly ridiculous prices, or to see themself paid out of alcohol or cigaretes.

Helping Baka Pygmies adapt to changing times

img_0748.JPGWe trained Baka pygmies at the southern periphery of the Dja Biosphere Reserve on trees domestication and the marketing of forest products.

Among the top 5 of trees used by the Baka pygmies as food, medecine and as source of income we found Njangsan (Ricinidendron heudolotii).

The Baka pygmies have a very long tradition of njangsan exploitation but have difficulties moving from local consumption to commercialisation. This have been a major set back in the development of the subsector which experts says holds great propects for poverty alleviation in many localities in the region.

With the technical assistance of the World Agroforestry Center , a local group called Fa’a si obe has been able to develop the sector such that it has become an important source of income for the intire community.

We organised a visit trip of five Baka pygmies leaders in the Fa’a si obe area. This visit was an opportunity for the Baka pygmies to learn how other groups are organised, how they procceeds, how they manage conflicts, so as to adapt it in their context of pygmies. During the same visit we negociate  with ICRAF after the interest that the Baka leaders paid to the machine for the acquisition of three njangsan cracking machines.

The cost of one is 4,500 USD.

We need your support, we will start by buying one. 

The Biodiversity of the Dja

dscn4895.JPGIntegrated Conservation and Development Projects typically aim to achieve sustainable use of natural resources and improve living standards. In 2002 at the periphery of the Dja Biosphere Reserve, we establish a system of sustainable hunting by local people  that focuses on great apes protection.

During the first year, we monitored the hunting off-take. For twelve months 3,033 animals (14,829 kg) of 36 species were hunded in an estimated area of 111.52 km². Based on the theoretical data on productivity and densities in tropical rainforest, we estimate that three of the eight most important prey species, can be sustainable. Only 8% of the bushmeat was traded and created revenue of about 1,900 cfa (less than 4USD per month). 

Revenue created directly by ICDP-related activities accounts for 80% to the household income. The locally consumed meat provides to the 320 inhabitants with about 11g protein/person/day. When we considered the major time and energy invested in this small scale project, and the continued hunting pressure, the future of Central Africa  fauna does not look optimistic.

However, comparison with neigbouring villages that were not involved in the project indicates the ability of local communities to decrease bushmeat trade if alternates for both revenue and animal proteins are provided.

The Biodiversity of the Dja

Elephant’s of the Dja

Loxondonta africana cyclotis (forest elephant) is smaller than the cousin found in the savanah area.

He lives in small groups dominated by an adult female.

Elephant’s are short sighted, but their trump provide almost all information needed to master their environment and to communicate.

They move in the forest in a noisy way when looking for food; they always need water.

It is not easy to apply the forest law in the Dja Biosphere Reserve. Poachers are always caught with elephant’s teeth by Eco-guards during routine patrol.

As a reaction against poaching, elephant are living in very small group of no more than 5.

Poaching remain the main threat to wildlife of the Dja Biosphere Reserve. Something has to be done by the authorities in charge of the protected areas in Cameroon.

Environmental Education at the periphery of the Dja Biosphere Reserve (Cameroon)

img_1630.JPGThis is the vision of the primary school teachers of the northern periphery of the Dja Biophere Reserve:

“By the year 2019, primary schools of the northern periphery of the Dja Biosphere Reserve will become adequate milieu for environmental education of children”img_1630.JPGimg_1630.JPGimg_1630.JPGimg_1630.JPG

Indigenous people of the Dja and their international day

The indigenous Baka pygmies will be celbrating on the 9th of August for the third time the International day of the world’s indigenous people.
Thanks to a technical support of a Belgian Technical Cooperation Project base in Djoum (southern periphery of the Dja Biosphere Reserve).
The main organizers are three indigenous people local organizations, ABAGUENI, ABAWONI and ADEBAKA. Amphasis for this year is to encourage the inter-community dialog among the Baka and Bantu for development and land access by indigenous people.

Elephants of the Dja Biosphere Reserve

This picture is from the BALI saltlick at the southern part of the Dja Biosphere Reserve.

Environmental Education at the periphery of the Dja Biosphere Reserve

From the 6th to the 8th of May 2009, we organized a three day workshop at the northern periphery of the Dja Biosphere Reserve, on Environmental Education for the teachers of the primary school.

This was possible thanks to the logistical support of APE Assitance and the financial support of the project ODHALENI (the revealed) of the Ctheck Republic.