Sekakoh was created in 2015 by Osiris DOUMBE and Denis NYUGHA in the North West Region. Osiris had studied the distribution of Elliot's chimpanzees and the diversity of small apes in the last forest blocks of the region. Denis, meanwhile, worked for a czech NGO focused on environmental education and awareness among children, notably Peul Mbororo in the Bamenda Mountains.
At its creation, Sekakoh first focused on the Kom-Wum Forest Reserve (the forest in the region richest in diurnal primates according to the Osiris study) where activities were carried out with the aim of preserving the habitat of the rarest chimpanzee subspecies and other forest dwellers. Subsequently, Sekakoh began work at other sites in Cameroon, including the Benue National Park in the Northern Region.
AREA OF INTERVENTION AND PROBLEMATIC
Sekakoh is involved in the conservation of three sites: the Kom-Wum Forest Reserve (North West Region of Cameroon), the Benue National Park (Northern Region) and to the south of the proposed Ebo National Park (Coastal Region).
The first is an undeveloped and unmanaged protected area rich in primates (chimpanzees, 6 species of small monkeys including the endemic Preuss monkey, and 6 species of nocturnal primates). The Bénoué National Park is a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve located in a wooded savannah still possessing a good sample of the typical fauna of the Central African savannah (giraffes, amphibious hippopotamuses, elephants, leopards, Derby elands, anubis baboons, guereza colobus, tantalum monkeys, etc.). Finally, South Ebo is not a protected area but a collection of village forests forming a forest block united with a rich diversity of wildlife including chimpanzees, Preuss monkeys, drill, yellow-backed duiker, Bay duiker, Goliath frog, Cameroonian picatharte, etc.
Due to their characteristics, these sites have different problems. South Ebo is threatened by poaching and felling of precious wood trees. The Kom-Wum Forest Reserve is located in an area in the midst of a major political conflict. The Bénoué Park is particularly threatened by gold panning activities.
VISION AND MISSION
Sekakoh's motto is "Living in Harmony with Nature". Sekakoh's vision is a world in which people live off the resources of their surrounding environment, exploiting them in a sustainable and conscientious way. Where pre-colonial taboos played this role as a safeguard, we hope that education and awareness raising of local communities (but also the strengthening of the law) will make villagers living in the last wilderness areas aware of the need to stop overexploiting their resources, by providing them with the appropriate tools and projects.
AREA OF INTERVENTION
Environmental education and local community awareness
Sekakoh implements education programs for children through various educational tools such as textbooks, and also awareness programs for adults through informative books and workshops.
Scientific research and ecological monitoring of species
Research provides a lot of information in an objective way. We study biodiversity and the sociology of local communities, and use the data collected to better direct our activities.
Local development and implementation of economic micro-projects
The objective of developing micro-projects alongside local populations is to seek alternative and sustainable solutions for the use and exploitation of resources in order to reduce the impact on nature through different practices.