Created in 2010, the Tropical Forest and Rural Development Association (TR-RD) began its activities on an environmental education project on gorillas at primary schools in villages on the outskirts of the Dja Biosphere Reserve, East Cameroon, the "bus "walking", supported by the Prague Zoo.
Since then, this NGO operates on two sites within the RBD (in the northern periphery - historic site - and Boucle du Dja), developing an innovative model that aims to promote the economic autonomy of local communities consistent with the sustainable management of resources natural resources and the surrounding biodiversity,
In 2018, TF-RD decided to replicate this model in a new environment, on the outskirts of the Campo Ma'an National Park located in the south of Cameroon, as part of the project "Linking conservation and develop: Nyamabande community at Campo Ma" National Park "funded by AWF.
AREA OF INTERVENTION AND PROBLEMATIC
For nearly 25 years, the state of conservation of the exceptional value of the Dja Faunal Reserve, listed on UNESCO's list of natural heritage sites, is of increasing concern to the national and international community. The latest UNESCO reports highlight a number of direct and indirect threats facing this property. It shows that mining activities, forestry, agroindustrial, poaching and shifting cultivation on brulis, in addition to the development of road and hydroelectric infrastructure, contribute to the degradation of this Protected Area and its periphery.
VISION AND MISSION
Since 2013, with the support of IUCN, TF-RD has been developing a project on the northern periphery of the Dja Biosphere Reserve (RBD), historical site, within an area of approximately 3,500 ha, aimed at surrounding villages to intensify their cocoa production, develop new cocoa farms and upgrade non-timber forest products (NTFPs). The products thus transformed into cosmetics and food products, according to standards of quality and quality, are marketed, thus generating income for local populations.
TF-RD is currently replicating this model in the Dja Loop with new villages and on the outskirts of the Campo Ma'an National Park, in partnership with AWF, whose objective is to develop the "agro-forests" approach. based on hevea, while highlighting NWFPs.
AREA OF INTERVENTION
Community Awareness and Environmental Education
The environmental circuit proposed as part of its "Bus Bus" project to students and teachers of primary schools in the area contributes to the training of a new generation of adults informed, trained and aware of the challenges of biodiversity. From the park of Mefou, to go to the discovery of the great apes collected, the site of intervention of TF-RD, the students then understand that the whole "Animals, Environment and Work of the Earth" is inseparable.
TF-RD also works with producers to fight against illegal hunting and thus promote a better coexistence between great ape species and humans.
Development of economic sectors
The development of agroforestry chains of cocoa, non-timber forest products (NTFPs) or rubber is designed not only to promote the local economy, but also to preserve the surrounding environment, notably by transforming old fallows in agro-forests.
Technical support to local communities
The transmission of knowledge goes through the training of producers, a necessary condition for their empowerment. These training courses provided by TF-RD focus on specific themes according to the needs of the beneficiaries.