Launching of the public awareness project on the transport facilitation and transit on the Bamenda-Mamfe-Abakaliki-Enugu-Ekokprogram, component of Cameroon (development of Bamenda-Batibo-Numba and Bachuo-Akagbe-Mamfe-Ekokroad sections), 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 on the management of processing equipment for agricultural products.
This project is implemented by CARFAD with the financial support of the Cameroonian Government through the Ministry of Public Works (MINTP).
The project began in April 2015 and consists of making a preliminary study to identify the main health problems (STIs / HIV – AIDS, Malaria), protection of the environment and respect for the highway code, weddings and early pregnancy as part of the Bamenda-Mamfe, the Abakaliki-Enugu-Ekokroad axis works, then recruit and train community facilitators to ensure proper awareness of the local population on issues raised and also train leaders of women’s associations on the management of agricultural processing equipment. The activities of these facilitators will be monitored and evaluated.
A multi-stakeholder workshop to launch the implementation of the project titled “support of the Kadey Federation of Community Forests in the process of obtaining legality certificates and timber trade” was held on January 28, 2014 in Yaounde at the Tou’Ngou Hotel conference hall.
This start-up workshop helped to better understand the spirit of the project. During this workshop attended by representatives of MINFOF, the Delegation of the European Union, civil society, development partners, beneficiary communities and research institutions, the project objectives were presented. The contributions of each other were collected. The main presentations focused on: i) the inventory of community forests of the Diocese of Batouri, ii) the status of the implementation of the VPA-FLEGT in Cameroon and iii) the presentation of the said project.
The workshop helped to better build the stakeholders on the objectives of the project and collect their contributions. Potential risks for the implementation of the project were also identified and solutions/mitigations measures were proposed by the participants. Some recommendations on the VPA-FLEGT process were made by all stakeholders present.
It appears at the end of the workshop that the objectives of the project presented must be completely implemented so that communities can get their certificates of legality and sell their products at competitive prices. Similarly, related recommendations will be taken into consideration within the context of the implementation of the project.
We develop efficient strategies to fight against poaching within the project entitled “eradication of the transport by train of illegal wildlife products in the Ngaoundere-Yaounde railway section -; these strategies include technical support through training, capacities building in anti poaching, environmental education and awareness campaigns in the project area.
The messages carried aim at bringing the project beneficiaries to understand the need to preserve our wildlife species. Poaching is a scourge that puts bad ecological balance and causes significant damage to the economy, ecotourism, peace and security. Trade and circulation of bushmeat are allowed only to holders of collection licence issued by the administration in charge of wildlife.
Climate change is the most recent program in which CARFAD is involved. Here, we sensitize the general public that Africa is affected by climate change.
CARFAD’s staff participated in training sessions on the Al Gore Climate Change Project in Nashville United States of America which was aimed at educating American citizens on climate change. Back to Cameroon, the staffs act as the ambassador of global climate project or messenger of climate in Africa.
In the first place, we sensitize the public on the effects of climate change. The main targets of the messages are students and Parliamentarians. At a more practical level, we are helping to develop carbon sinks through reforestation and agro forestry. Examples are the technical assistance project for the development of 3,500 hectares of plantations and the development of agricultural commodity chains in the Democratic Republic of Congo. This project is funded by the African Development Bank through the Congo Basin Forests’ Funds.
The African Centre for Applied Forestry Research and Development (CARFAD) has once again renewed its ambition to take part in the 5th edition of the International Exhibition for Enterprises, SME and Partnership abbreviated « PROMOTE » held from December 6 to 14, 2014 at the Yaoundé Conference Centre. Read more
In this edition, CARFAD was positioned on stand No. 62 located in zone 1 of the exhibition site, fare from the partner institutions (MINFOF, European Union, etc.) and other institutions working in the field of environment and forest. This did not prevent the organization through its stand to present a glowing showcase of its services, to promote the reception and rapid information of its visitors. Averagely, 24 people per day visited the stand of CARFAD. The 214 registered visitors came from various horizons. The stand configuration had an attraction not only for the actors of forest or environment sector (NGOs, consultants, researchers, students, state institutions, etc.), but also for those interested in a collaboration or for novices in the sector.
Several booklets were made available to the visitors in the stand to provide information on CARFAD’s activities. The visitors had a particular attention to key messages carried by various major projects in progress represented by large rolling posters (roll-up), including « Fight against Poaching », « Fight against Climate Change », « Implementation of VPA-FLEGT. « It was also for the animation team to present in clear and simple terms CARFAD, its areas of intervention, its intervention strategy, its location and invite visitors to read the various reports available in the stand. It was also to present and invite the visitors to taste the tea-Mansouen (Lipiamultiflora), product of ICG PAPEMs which received CARFAD’s accompaniment for harvesting and packaging. Furthermore, in the evening, visitors enjoyed a photo slideshow projection cleverly chosen for the occasion on the activities of CARFAD.
Communication actions also consisted of animation sessions with the master of ceremonies, interventions in Radio Environment, CRTV and Canal 2. The animation sessions that were conducted by the CAMRAIL project team on the stand attracted more visitors and many were curious. The animation was particularly carried out to raise the public awareness in the fight against poaching, while mentioning some aspects of VPA-FLEGT project and Agro forestry project in the DRC. A quiz organisation gave the opportunity for the participants to win gadgets made for this purpose (T-shirts, calendars, caps, notebooks).
The CARFAD’s team did not only wait for visitors on site, it organized itself to visit the stands of exhibitors likely to work with and find out about their services. While presenting its activities and offer its services environmental audit. The CARFAD’s team also approached in the various arteries of the exhibition, visitors who had not visited or stand to present them the organization and give them leaflets and calendars.
Besides animation and visit of the stands, CARFAD subscribed and participated in thematic workshops. Each thematic workshop is a time of networking for executives and business managers of growth-sector in Central Africa. The choice of CARFAD was on 03 themes namely: Agriculture and Agro Industry, Forest and Wood, the extractive industry and processing industry.
Thus, after the exhibition, we can retain the following positive points:
+ Satisfaction of the visitors (over 200 contacts collected)
+ More than 40 proposals for partnerships
+ Detection of 02 projects to be implemented (Project for the creation of a documentation center for CARFAD and Agroforestry project in the Bamboutos area)
+ Distribution of 400 wall calendars, 400 table calendars, 168 French booklets, 80 English booklets, 333 brochures of the VPA-FLEGT implementation project, 841 brochures of CARFAD presentation
+ Sale of 35 sachets of Tea –Masouen
Case of the Sensitization project of local communities along the Melong-Dschang road in the fight against STI/AIDS, environmental protection and respect of Highway Code
The sensitization project of the local populations of the Melong / Dschang road on the following themes: the fight against STI/HIV-AIDS, environmental protection and respect of highway code, was implemented by CARFAD, with financial support from the African Development Bank (ADB) and the Government of Cameroon through the Ministry of Public Works (MINTP).
This project began in August 2004 and was completed in May 2007. The sensitization took place during the Melong / Dschang road construction works. It was conducted with the participation of previously trained local facilitators. Sensitization sessions were held in schools and churches, « public meetings » and days of national and international festivals such as the National Youth Day, Labour Day or International Women’s Day.
The three outreach components of the project were discussed in a practical way and / or oral.
The first part concerned sensitization on the fight against STI/ HIV-AIDS. It was about raising awareness on the HIV concept, indicating the various modes of transmission and prevention of STI/HIV-AIDS, carrying demonstrations on the use of condoms and finally to distribute prospectus relating to the topic, male and female condoms (Femidoms).
The second part of the awareness concerned the respect of the Highway Code. Local facilitators focused, among others, on indicating the crossing modes of roadway, demonstrating the importance of road signs and protective helmets for motorcyclists. They also urged the people to protect and treat the Melong-Dschang road as a local heritage.
The third component was environmental protection. In this last phase, the focus was on the prohibition of crops planting in the gutters, promoting the use of good farming practices and different damage caused by stray animals.
In a final analysis, the sensitization project was a success not only because all stages of the project have been achieved, but mostly because of the popularity and the massive involvement of local populations. This aspect is reflected in the decision taken by a number of actions by local residents themselves:
- Populations of Fombap have promised to organize themselves into small groups for the cleaning of gutters at the end of the Melong -Dschangroad construction works
- The municipal police force of Santchou, under the instigation of the project, clear off merchants installed at the roadside for better health and for their own safety
- A circular from the Mayor of the District of Santchou has set certain rules of traffic flow on the Melong-Santchou axis
- A circular from the Head of Village Nkongsoung forbids women to grow crops in gutters
To enable these actions to extend into the future, sensitization must continue after the installation of the Melong-Dschang road project.