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WWF in Cameroon

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Waterfall near Campo Ma'an in southern Cameroon
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Cameroon is home to a very rich ecological, socioeconomic, and cultural diversity. Our objective is to see the exceptional landscapes of Cameroon managed sustainably so that biodiversity is conserved, ecosystems functions and services are maintained, valorised and contribute to reducing climate change, while improving peoples’ livelihoods and contributing to sustainable development.

WWF has been present in Cameroon since 1990. Our conservation work here has undergone many changes in order to meet ever-evolving conservation challenges.


WWF-Cameroon in brief

In 24 years, WWF Cameroon has grown from a single office to a national office and four large conservation programs on the ground. WWF Cameroon staff has grown from four in 1990 to over 125 in 2014. 
  • 1990: Opening of a small office in Douala 
  • 1992: Agreement signed with the Cameroon Government 
  • 1994: Bilateral agreement signed with WWF Netherlands, leading to exponential growth in scope and geographical coverage
  • 2002: The WWF Regional Office for Central Africa moved to Cameroon
  • 2006:Partnership agreement signed with the Ministry of Fauna and Forests (MINFOF)

CAMEROON KEY FACTS

  • Location: Central Africa in the Gulf of Guinea
  • Surface area: 475,650 km2
  • Population: 21.7 million (2012 estimate)
  • Literacy: 78.3 % of Cameroonians are literate (can read and write) according to 2013 estimates.
  • Human Development Index: ranks 152 out of 187 countries and territories (2013).
More than 30% of the total population lives on less than US$1.25 per day.
 
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Protected areas
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Priority Landscapes in Cameroon

Our conservation vision is supported on the ground by four major field programs:
  WWF-SAWA (Mt. Cameroon, Korup, Bayang Mbo, Bakossi PAs)
  WWF-Jengi TRIDOM (Boumba Bek, Nki NPs) & Jengi TNS (Lobeke NP)
  WWF-KZP (Campo Ma’an NP)
 

BIODIVERSITY & LANDSCAPE

  • Hosts 11% of the Congo Basin rainforests
  • More than 9,000 species of plants (including 156 endemic species),
  • 927 species of birds (including 24 restricted range species),
  • 297 mammals (with 8 endemics), including over 20,000 forest and savannah elephants and mandrills, buffaloes, bongo antelopes, sitatunga etc.
  • Great apes including chimpanzees and two subspecies of gorilla: Western Lowland gorilla and Africa's rarest ape, the Cross River gorilla

Landscapes

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MAJOR THREATS

1. Poaching and illegal trade of ivory, bush meat and protected species
2. Unsustainable timber exploitation
3. Industrial and artisanal mining
4. Overlapping land uses and related conflicts
5. Insufficient control of hunting activities and quota management in commercial and communal hunting zones  
6. Big infrastructure development
7. Commercial agriculture (e.g. unsustainable palm oil plantations/production)

Main Activities

  • Protected Area Management
  • Support for local communities and indigenous people around protected areas.
  • Improved law enforcement for more effective legal prosecution
  • Bio-monitoring to regularly update population data of flagship species for conservation impact assessment, conservation of HCVs and more effective anti-poaching strategies
  • Sustainable Forest Management and forest certification
  • Promotion of green economy in cooperation with mining/palm oil industries, focusing on mitigation of environmental impacts, development of best practice models and addressing the growing influence of Chinese companies through adapted communication and sensitisation methods
  • Promotion of a national integrated land use plan
  • Support for Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation (REDD+)
  • Capacity development for conservation-oriented civil society organisations (CSOs)
  • Networking and lobbying with national and international stakeholders
  • Collaborative management and community development support around protected areas
 
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Western lowland gorilla in Cameroon.
© naturepl.com /George Chan / WWF