Banyang-Mbo Wildlife Sanctuary

History

 The Banyang-Mbo Wildlife Sanctuary is the only wildlife sanctuary in Cameroon so far. Though the sanctuary is a protected area, it has a special status as the frontline communities (55 villages) have the right to harvest resources from it so long as overall conservation objectives are not jeopardized. The sanctuary has very high levels of faunal and floral species richness and endemism thus of local and international significance. However, the sanctuary faces the following threats to its resources; Use of poisonous chemicals for fishing. Rampant poaching; illegal hunting of protected species by locals and outsiders. Uncontrolled/illegal hunting – over hunting of protected and non protected animals. Uncontrolled/illegal timber exploitation. Lack of law enforcement. Poor land use planning and poor land tenure system. Poor communication between the government and the communities. Farming encroachment / uncontrolled farming practices. Water catchments pollution and destruction. Lack of roads and enclavement Stray animals/crop raiding – destruction of crops by animals and insects. Poverty and unemployment. Corruption of government officials. Development issues

Nature Cameroon’s Strategy to Overcome These Threats

To work with the frontline ministries; Ministry of Forestry and Wildlife (MINFOF), Ministry of Environment and Nature Protection (MINEP), Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MINADER), Ministry of Livestock fisheries and Animal industry (MINEPIA), Ministry of Territorial Administration and Decentralization (MINATD), local communities, other partners To source funding for field activities What we do Livelihoods development and implementation Community development facilitation Research Fund raising and networking Consultancy Advocacy Capacity building Conservation.

Where We Operate

Our primary focus: The Banyang-Mbo Wildlife Sanctuary, South West Cameroon Medium to long-term focus: To extend our expertise to other protected areas in Cameroon Some Achievements Seven livelihoods projects in four villages adjacent the wildlife sanctuary (sponsored by British High Commission in Cameroon)

What we do

  • Livelihoods development and implementation
  • Community development facilitation
  • Research
  • Fund raising and networking
  • Consultancy
  • Advocacy
  • Capacity building
  • Conservation

Some Achievements

Seven water supply projects in nine villages around the wildlife sanctuary (sponsored by Guinness) Rehabilitation and equipment of Njungo Health Centre in Nguti Sub Division (sponsored by Guinness) Training/capacity building of institutions and caretakers of water projects Socio-economic survey of Three Clans covering 23 villages in Kupe-Muanenguba Division, South West Province, Cameroon

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