Northern Soudanian Savannah Programme

Protected Areas within the NSS prgramme
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Globally significant ecosystems and species of the Northern Sudanian Savannahs and the Sub-Sahelian Flooded Grasslands of Cameroon are conserved within protected areas and multiple-use zones, and contribute to the well-being of communities that benefit from their services.

The people

Around 5.5 million people, or 28.5% of Cameroon’s population, live in the area, which covers just over 100,000km2.
Fulfulde is widely spoken. The population is largely Muslim, culturally dominated by the Fulani.
Other ethnic groups include the Mandara, Kokoto and Arab Choa. The Bororo, an important subgroup of the Fulani, and the Hausa engage in long-distance trade involving cattle.

How we achieve our vision

Tree for life WWF-MTN partnership for the environment
  • Reinforcing framework for sustainable natural resource management
  • Ensuring environmental protection in the Northern Savannah zone
  • Fighting against degradation of fragile resources and rehabilitating degraded zones.

Strengthening capacity of state services – we’re supporting the government conserve the biodiversity of the network of savannah protected areas and promote community participation in sustainable management of natural resources.

Protecting elephant populations in the Northern Savannah of Cameroon

we’re strengthening support for elephant conservation in the Benoue, Bouba N'DJida and Faro complex by dealing with direct threats and the underlying factors critical for elephant survival and conservation.

Transforming stakeholders to shareholders – by forming partnerships with local stakeholders, we’re building a strong constituency to support our objectives and eventually deliver conservation projects.

Combating desertification in Lake Chad – we’re promoting wise use and management of wetlands in far north Cameroon through participatory agro-forestry and forestry development.

Conservation Achievements

  • Supported the development of management plans for the Benoue, Faro and Bouba Ndjidah national parks
  • Supported development and implementation of an anti-poaching strategy
  • Provided capacity building and logistics support for national park management
  • Piloted and set in place community hunting initiatives in two community hunting zones and two co-managed hunting zones
  • Set in place an ecological monitoring program for large mammals, subsistent village hunting off-take, and other bio-indicators
  • Worked with local communities to identify, map and demarcate wildlife
  • Supported research on biodiversity conservation by students of different nationalities
  • Planted more than 250,000 trees planted to fight desertification and climate change, and improve local livelihoods working with a network of institutional partners, local non-governmental organizations, community-based organizations, religious and traditional institutions and individuals
  • Promoted the use of energy-efficient stoves through training and support to women groups.

The Area

•      High Conservation Value forests
•      40 species of diurnal large mammals
•      More than 324 species of birds
•      More than 965 species of plants
•      Flagship game species & carnivores (Elephant, Giant eland, giraffe, lion, wild dog).
•      Wetlands of International Importance 
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MINOF Minister visits WWF office
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WWF-MTN Cameron partnership in the operation "Tree for life"
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Major Threats

Habitat destruction, degradation and             fragmentation
Poaching and the illicit trade in ivory
Retaliatory killing of lions
Unsustainable safari hunting
Desertification and Climate change
Agricultural expansion
Unregulated artisanal gold mining
Deforestation/habitat degradation
Unsustainable fishing
wildlife in National Park
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