Management of Development Projects

Management of Development Projects

We operate in the development and implementation of projects with communities to solve the most pressing problems, mainly with regard to environmental management.

Our references

 

2014-2016

Support of the Kadey Federation of Community Forests in the process of obtaining legality certificates and sales of timber. Funding : European Commission (EC) under the thematic program for environment and sustainable management of natural resources, including energy (ENRTP)

2013-2015

Technical support for the eradication of train transportation of wildlife illegal products, Phase 2. Joint venture Cameroon Railway Corporation (CAMRAIL) and MINFOF, Funding : World Bank

2013-2014

Support to the development of Community Agroforestry in the Democratic Republic of Congo (the case of the Bas-Congo Province and Bateke Highland/Kinshasa). Funding : Africa Development Bank (AfDB) through the Congo Basin Forester Funds (CBFF)

2013-2014

Support to communities in planting vetiver for biological protection of river banks (Yame and BaniSofara, rural town of Fakala, Mopti Region) in Mali. funding : World Bank

2013

Support of three councils in the execution of competences transferred by the state in matters of realization of Environmental Impact Notice. Funding: Deutsche Gesellschaft fur International Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)

2013 Enhancement of forest scraps and reforestationof degradedareas in Central Africa. Funding : CBFF / AfDB
2011-2012 Support to governance project to the community forestry to combat poverty in the Batouri Diocese. Funding: European Commission (EC) as part of the ACP / FLEGT of the FAO Program

2012

Re-enforcement of actors’ capacity on ownership of the joint order 0000076/MINATD/MINFI/MINFOF of June 26, 2012 laying down procedures for planning, use and monitoring of the management of revenues from the exploitation of forest and wildlife resources for municipalities and neighboring village communities. GIZ funding ,Bertoua
2004–2005 Support to the promotion of alternatives to bush meat in the western periphery of the Mengamé Gorilla Sanctuary. Capacity building programme (CBP): DFID/SNV
2007-2008 Capacity building of 12 villages in sustainable management of medicinal plants and monitoring of the sustainable management plan of 05 villages in the Western Region of Cameroun. Funding: National Participatory Development Program (PNDP)

 

Advice and Support in Environmental Assessment

Advice and Support in Environmental Assessment

CARFAD actively contributes to the Cameroonian policy for sustainable development. We work to protect the environment through studies on the environmental impact of many projects. Our actions also include audit and environmental monitoring of development projects.

Our references

Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA)

We study how a given project can act on the biophysical and socio-economic backgrounds (potential impacts) and we seek environmental measures to maximize positive impacts and minimize negative impacts. Compensation measures are also proposed as part of the residual impacts.

    • Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) of the Farkoumo-Djoumté and Kourtessé- Taparé agricultural sites valorisation project in the North Region. Client : SODECOTON, 2013;
    • Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) of the Flaye-Bogdibo and Yoko-South agricultural sites valorisation project in the North Region. Client : SODECOTON, 2013;
    • Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) of the creation of the agro –industrial sugar complex in the Bertoua – Batouri inter zone. Client : Justin Sugar Mills Company, 2012.

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    • Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) of the construction and expansion of medium and low voltage lines in some areas of Central and Southern Regions of Cameroon. Client : Electricity Development Corporation (EDC) with the funding of the African Development Bank (AfDB), 2014;
    • Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) of the Rural Electrification Project through the Extension of the Southern Interconnected Network (PERERIS) in 45 localities in Western Cameroon. Client :Rural Electrification Agency, 2012;
    • Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) of the construction of an emergency power plant of 20 MW thermal in Bamenda. Client : Elsewedy& Power System Project for Electricity Development Corporation (EDC), 2011;
    • Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) of the construction of an emergency power plant of 10 MW thermal in Mbalmayo. Client : Elsewedy & Power System Project for Electricity Development Corporation (EDC), 2011;
    • Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) of the construction of an emergency power plant of 10 MW thermal in Ebolowa. Client : Elsewedy & Power System Project for Electricity Development Corporation (EDC), 2011.

    • Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) of the construction of the Edea-Kribi highway. Client :China Road and Bridge Corporation (CRBC) in behalf of the Ministry of Public Works of Cameroon, 2012
    • Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) of the road development projects: Meyo center – Ma’an – Nyabessang (hydroelectric dam Memve’ele) and Mebem – Messama–Nkong. Client: EGIS CAMEROON, 2008
    • Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) of the Douala Eastern and Western entries roads projects. Client : EGIS CAMEROON, 2008
    • Simplified Environmental Impact Assessment (SEIA) of Matsari – Sengbé road maintenance project (161 km). Client : Soft Management Consulting Business Group (SBMCG) with funding from the European Union (Road Maintenance Program of the European Development Fund: PERFED II), 2003
    • Simplified Environmental Impact Assessment (SEIA) of Batschenga – Matsari road maintenance project (178 km). Client : Soft Business Management Consulting Group (SBMCG) with funding from the European Union (Road Maintenance Program of the European Development Fund: PERFED II), 2003
    • Simplified Environmental Impact Assessment (SEIA) of Nanga Eboko / Bouam road maintenance project (161 km). Client : Soft Business Management Consulting Group (SBMCG) with funding from the European Union (Road Maintenance Program of the European Development Fund: PERFED II), 2002
    • Simplified Environmental Impact Assessment (SEIA) of Obala / Nanga Eboko road maintenance project (116 km). Client : Soft Business Management Consulting Group (SBMCG) with funding from the European Union (Road Maintenance Program of the European Development Fund: PERFED II), 2002

    • Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) of the construction of a pilot wood cluster and resettlement action plan in Yaoundé. Client : Competitiveness Growth Sectors project (PCFC) with World Bank funding, 2010-2012
    • Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) for the Forest Management Unit (FMU) No. 09022 exploitation project in the Southern Region of Cameroon. Client: GAU -SERVICES S.A.R.L, 2009
    • Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) for the Forest Management Unit (FMU) No. 11005 exploitation project in the South West Region of Cameroon. Client: CAFECO, 2009
      Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) for the Nguti saw mill plant in the South West Region of Cameroun. Client: WIJMA Douala, 2008
    • Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) for the Forest Management Units (FMU) No. 11003 and No. 11004 exploitation project in the South West Region of Cameroon. Client: Transformation Reef Cameroon (TRC), Douala, 2007
    • Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) for the Forest Management Unit (FMU) N0 00004 exploitation project in the Centre and Littoral Regions of Cameroon. Client: Transformation Reef Cameroon (TRC), Douala , 2006
    • Strategic Environmental Impact Assessment of the Community Forestry Project to combat poverty in Batouri Diocese, 2005
    • Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) for the Forest Management Unit (FMU) N0 11002 exploitation project in the South West Region of Cameroon. Client : WIJMA Douala, 2004

Environmental audits

We study the impacts that occur at the project implementation time and those likely to occur and identify the appropriate environmental measures.

    • Environmental and Social Audit of a mine site in Niger. Client: project to support competitiveness and growth, 2015
    • Environmental Audit of Bonabéri industrial plywood unit for Transformation Reef Cameroon. Client: TRC Douala, 2009
    • Environmental Audit of the industrial timber processing unit of WIJMA Company at Nguti. Client : WIJMA Douala , 2008
    • Environmental Audit of the industrial timber processing unit of Transformation Reef Cameroon in Kumba. Client : TRC Douala , 2007

Others environmental studies

  • Realization of the State of art of reforestation and forest regeneration in the national territory. Client : Ministry of Forests and Wildlife (MINFOF), 2013

Public awareness on environmental issues for development projects

Public awareness on environmental issues for development projects

CARFAD in its mission is to promote education and environmental awareness to enhance behaviour and actions. We provide expertise in the development and implementation of training programs in environmental education and public awareness on environmental stakes of development projects.

We simplify the language used in reports of impact studies on the environment and we are making it available to local populations who are victims in many cases of development projects.

Our references

  • Sensitization of local populations to the transport facilitation program and transit on the Bamenda-Mamfe-Abakaliki-Enugu-Ekok component of Cameroon (development of road sections Bamenda-Batibo-Numba and BachuoAkagbe-Mamfe-Ekok), on the fight against HIV/AIDS, malaria, early marriages and pregnancies, environmental protection, respect of the highway code, and the training of women’s groups in the management of processing equipment for agricultural products. Funding of the Cameroonian Government through the Ministry of Public Works (MINTP), 2015
  • Sensitization of local communities on health issues (STI / HIV – AIDS, malaria, excision), environmental protection and road safety on the framework of the Sekokoto-Falémé road project on the Bamako-Dakar corridor by Southern Mali. Malian government and AfDB funding, 2010-2012
  • Sensitization of the neighbouring populations of the Numba-Bachuo-Akagbe Road Project on the fight against STI/HIV-AIDS and malaria, environmental protection, respect of the highway code, early marriages and pregnancies, and the training of women’s associations in the management of equipment used in agricultural products processing and Climate Change. AfDB funding, 2010-2012
  • Sensitization and training of actors on community management of forest and wildlife resources. Funded by the Ministry of Forestry and Wildlife (MINFOF) of Cameroon, Mbalmayo 2012
  • Sensitization of the people of Cameroon estuaries on the sustainable exploitation of mangroves, the use of improved stoves, the REDD + on mangroves and training of target groups on simple techniques of regeneration of mangroves. Funded by the Ministry of Environmental, Nature Protection, and Sustainable Development (MINEPDED)of Cameroon, 2012
  • Sensitization campaign in the communities represented by legal entities of COBAKA and CODEVIR beneficiaries of support in the elaboration of simple management plan for their community forests. RIGC Project / HIPC Funds , 2008
  • Sensitization of local communities along the Melong-Dschang road in the fight against STI / AIDS, environmental protection and respect of Highway Code. AfDB / MINTP fund, 2004 – 2007

Supervision of interns

Supervision of interns

CARFAD welcomes students from various institutions (Faculty of Agronomy and Agricultural Sciences of the University of Dschang, University of Yaounde I, CRESA Forêt bois, Mbalmayo Forestry School etc.) as part of their academic training, and also young people within the framework of post-academic training or pre-employment, in order to enhance their better integration in the professional world.

  • KUETE TALLA Chanel

    Project Engineer in Risks and Environmental management vocations

    University of Dschang

    Faculty of Agronomy and Agricultural Sciences (FASA)

    Ebolowa antenna

    Wood, Water and Environment vocations series

    KUETE TALLA Chanel during her internship at CARFAD, from May to October 2014 in view to obtain her diploma as an engineer in Risks and Environmental Management, she became interested in the problem of the socio-economic contribution of Voluntary Partnership Agreements (VPA) for Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT). The aims of the study were to: (i) identify the causes of non-compliance with certain criteria of the legality matrix; (Ii) assess the status of the illegal exploitation of timber in specific target forests; (Iii) check the level of implementation of micro projects prescribed in the simple management plans; (Iv) ensure that the rights of indigenous peoples and forest-dependent peoples are recognized and protected in the implementation of the FLEGT process. To conduct this study, the methodology was based on documentary research, direct field observations, surveys by questionnaire with a representative sample of households, semi-structured interviews with resource persons involved in the management of community forest resources in Kadey Division, the East region of Cameroon.

    From this work, it appears that administrative hesitant, the scam of some foresters, the lack of financial means (for the community) and the novelty of the system are the major causes of non-compliance with legal requirements. Illegal exploitation on its part is 99% in two (02) community forests out of three (03) and its main causes are illegal logging, misrepresentations. Concerning the realization of micro projects prescribed in the simple management plan, only a quarter was actually materialized in the community forest of Kagnol II and Nzeng while that of Akom I have done nothing. Only a single community forest out of three (03) runs in a rational and equitable manner income from logging. For the results obtained, it was concluded that despite all the difficulties and the existence of illegality in some community forests, people expect a lot from FLEGT and hope to develop their community through the commercialization of legal timber. Although the VPA / FLEGT could be a means of local and participative development of the localities concerned, it should provide the GPS coordinates of each cut tree trunk and banish the existing system and the society from the ills of corruption, documents trafficking, dishonesty etc. so that these community forest dependent people should really benefit.

     

  • TCHAKOUNTEU Mitrance Sorelle

    Professional Master in Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA)

    University of Dschang

    Faculty of Agronomy and Agricultural Sciences (FASA)

    Regional Centre for Specialised Training in Agriculture, Forest / Wood (CRESA) Yaounde

    Professional Master in Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA)

    TCHAKOUNTEU Mitrance Sorelle during her internship at CARFAD, conducted a study on the Impact of the Environment on the Bamendjing Reservoir Dam. As of now; the reservoir dam presents a more and more degrading biophysical environment. Thus, the main objective of the study was to assess the impacts of the environment on the dam. The method used in data collection consisted of field observations, surveys and interviews. Statistical analyzes of the impact of climate elements (rain, temperature, evaporation) on the reservoir was made ​​and the processing of satellite images was made by the use of GIS software.

    Environmental impacts were identified and evaluated by means of a checklist, Fecteau’s Interrelation Matrix and Assessment Grid. These impacts include: decrease in the volume of water stored in the reservoir, blockage of valves, the corrosion of certain materials, the risk of rupture, and the risks of dam sabotage. The negative impacts arising from the milieu are related to population growth and climate variations. The study concludes that agricultural activities and deforestation are the major factors negatively affecting the productivity of the reservoir. They are followed by livestock breeding, waste management, fishing and hunting, respectively. Therefore, to improve the management and productivity of the dam, the study proposes an integrated approach, aimed specifically at managing the vegetation cover, the participation of residents of the lake and soil management. Recommendations are also made ​​to improve the environmental management of the Bamendjing dam.

     

  • DONGMO TSAFACK Stéphanie

    Lawyer-environmentalist

    University or Dschang

    Faculty of Agronomy and Agricultural Sciences (FASA)

    Regional Centre for Specialised Training in Agriculture, Forest /Wood(CRESA),Yaounde

    Professional Master in Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA)

    DONGMO TSAFACK Stéphanie during her internship at CARFAD to obtain a Master’s Degree in Environmental Impact Assessment conducted a study on the socio-economic and environmental impacts of the management of compensations for the Chad-Cameroon pipeline project in the municipality of Ngoumou. The study highlighted the need to support people in managing compensation received as part of development projects. Indeed, the realization of these projects like the Chad – Cameroon pipeline project requires land, generally levied on private property. In this case, the affected populations are deprived of their homes, their crops, their land or their livelihoods.

    To remedy this damage, these people benefit from compensation. The study was based on a methodology that uses the PRA, the Leopold’s matrice, the Martin Fecteau’ grid and level-headed multi-criteria analysis. It turns out that people affected by the Chad-Cameroon pipeline project in the Ngoumou locality received compensation, but curiously enough, the beneficiaries have not always put it into ​​good use. If on the one hand, some have used the money collected to build houses, pay school fees, create new farms, etc, others, on the other hand, have used it to lead a life of debauchery and drinking. Households were divided because of these compensations. If the management of money received by the people affected by the project remains unworthy, it’s because compensation in kind is not a priority; support and monitoring in the management were not insured. Field results reveal that beneficiaries feel that apart from the management question, compensations are unfair and inadequate because they do not correspond to what they have lost. It is therefore difficult for them to find a standard of living equal to that before the project, let alone an improvement.

     

  • TEDONGMO Ismaël

    Engineer in Environmental Vocations

    University of Dschang

    Faculty of Agronomy and Agricultural Sciences

    Ebolowa Antenna

    Wood, Water and Environment Vocations Series

    TEDONGMO Ismael During his professional internship at CARFAD in 2013, he conducted a study on Public Participation in the process of carrying out Environmental and Social Impact Assessment of Development Projects. This study focused on the case of the Edea – Kribi Highway construction project. Public participation is a fundamental issue in the management of the environment. Since the Rio Conference (United Nations Conference on Environment and Development, 1992), the principles of precaution, prevention, and polluter-payer were established alongside that of public participation, as the fundamental principles of good governance in the transformation of human habitats and the management of environmental challenges.

    However, the process of implementation of these principles like that of public participation seems to be difficult in matters concerning land use planning and the environment. This is noticed in the lack of legal framework and tools defining the methods of carrying out consultations and public hearings, which are very important steps for all stakeholders involved in a project to participate so as to give their views, which will be taken into account in the final decision. Some projects are nowadays carried out without the participation of the public concerned. Yet each project promoter ought to ensure that participation is as open as possible by combining the views of all project stakeholders. The intervention of the public requires in particular, information on the project and the establishment of a genuine framework of ​​dialogue throughout the stages of the decision.

  • ZANGUE KENFACK Steve Wilson

    Researcher / Lawyer in Human Rights

    Junior Expert in Sustainable Development

    Catholic University of Central Africa

    Masters in Human Rights and Humanitarian action, Sustainable Development Option

    ZANGUE KENFACK Steve Wilson during his internship to obtain his Master’s degree in Human Rights and Humanitarian Action, he took interest in the problem of community forests as an issue of sustainable development in village communities in Cameroon. It is in the context of participatory management of forests established in the forestry sector in Cameroon. This management system registered a real political will to integrate village communities in forest management and to make this participation, an issue of sustainable development.

    Therefore, the objective of his study was to determine the different constraints to the effectiveness of this management system. He concluded that this system is certainly favourable for the achievement of sustainable development goals, but also limited through its failure, its ambiguity and low ability to be able to secure the full and effective inclusion of communities in the system. The nature of the state, as well as the socio-politico- economic characteristic of communities are not left behind. This implementation suffers from character deficiency (administrative deficiency), neo-patrimony (corruption) and weak(weak control institutions) states such as Cameroon, where the institutional background does not give room for effective policies and strategies which ought to have been established. This is also the case of communities that are poorly equipped intellectually, technically and financially, but also and above all characterized by weak social viability.

     

Advocacy and lobbying

Advocacy and lobbying

CARFAD through platforms and networks is engaged in advocacy and lobbying ventures in favour of communities in the forest and environment sector.

Case of activities within the CCSPM (consultation Circle of Civil Society Partner of MINFOF and MINEPDED)

The CCSPM is the network of associations, NGOs and other networks working in the Forest / Environment sector. The objective of the network is to promote governance in the Forest and Environment Sector.

Within this network, CARFAD in 2012 participated in the monitoring of lobbying on the meteorology situation in Cameroon. With the advent of climate change, we cannot today talk about adaptation without meteorological monitoring. The problem that arises is that out of the 53 weather stations that Cameroon has; only 3 are functional. It is therefore important to take urgent steps to revive the weather situation in Cameroon. This point of view is also shared by the President of the Republic of Cameroon in a favourable letter response to the CCSPM to enhance lobbying on the weather situation in Cameroon.

Also within this network, CARFAD brought in 2012 a contribution to the revision of the Forest Law.

Case of activities within the Network of Community Forestry (RFC)

CARFAD which ensures the General Secretariat of the RFC is the primary collaborator of this network on policy thinking and implementation of community forestry in Cameroon. Thus, several studies like those related to the appraisal of community forestry acquisition in Cameroon and definition of new directives were conducted. CARFAD and RFC have organized several trainings on community management of forest resources. It is worth highlighting the organization in December 2011, assessment days of community forestry in Cameroon with the participation of different eco-regions of the country, MINFOF, development partners in the sector.

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