Reduction of pressure on bivalve exploitation through alternative livelihood practices of snail farming in the lower Sanaga basin of the Douala-Edea reserve in littoral region
Reduction of pressure on bivalve exploitation through alternative livelihood practices of snail farming in the lower Sanaga basin of the Douala-Edea reserve in littoral region
The project wishes to reduce pressure on bivalves exploitation of the river Sanaga in the village of Mouanko found in the Douala-Edea national park through training on snail farming. These resources are threatened by over exploitation for home consumption and income generation seeing that the main activity of the population is bivalve exploitation and 80% of the population carry out this activity. Men are mostly involve in exploitation activities and primary processing of bivalve shells to be later processed in industrial towns of Cameroon, while women carry out processing by cooking of bivalve as meat for table consumption either locally or in nearby towns. Studies revealed that 800 tonnes of bivalves are exploited annually with an annual income of 500fcfa. The project aims at reducing the pressure on the capture of these aquatic bivalves. These aquatic species not only do they provide income to the population they also account for a very high protein content necessary for human health. The project will consist of sensitizing the population on the importance of biodiversity conservation, build their capacity on snail farming and equally lay emphasis on the respect of biological reproduction period for proper regeneration of these species. The execution of this activity has effect on the population as well as on the environment. The mangrove forest which is very fragile and vulnerable is highly cut for burning of these bivalves hence reducing its biological production base due to disappearance of nursery zones. There is a need to promote sustainable exploitation of these bivalves for the conservation of biological diversity of the aquatic ecosystem and the mangrove forest in order to ensure ecological stability and biological productivity of the river basin through alternative livelihood practices for income generation and poverty reduction. The approaches to be used here include sensibilization and capacity building of group members of CIG on the importance of respecting the biological reproduction period of the bivalves and training on the rearing of snails as an alternative livelihood practice for income generation hence reducing poverty levels. At the end of this project, the sustainable management of aquatic and coastal ecosystems within the lower sanaga basin of the Douala-Edea national park will be improved through sustainable bivalve exploitation. The income level of members of GIC will increase and there will as well be a reduction in poverty levels due to an alternative livelihood source.
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Project Snapshot

Area Of Work:
Grant Amount:
US$ 19,246.00
Co-Financing Cash:
US$ 1,721.13
Co-Financing in-Kind:
US$ 3,789.87
Project Number:
Satisfactorily Completed
Project Characteristics and Results
Inovative Financial Mechanisms
A microproject will be conducted and results will be shared to all stakeholders. The last workshop shall be held where the project will be closed and report distributed. Information will also be posted on GEF website.
Capacity - Building Component
Capacity needs of the grantee are alternative livelihood practices and entrepreneurship skills. As part of the grant, snail farming will be carried out as an alternative livelihood practice. This activity will build their capacity on an additional source of income and equally add their skills on entrepreneurship.
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Hectares of globally significant biodiversity area protected or sustainably managed by project 3965
Number of women participated / involved in SGP project 200
Number of households who have benefited* from SGP project 500

Grantee Contact

Phone: +237 679 43 59 35


Quatier Lobethal
Mouanko , Littoral , PO BOX:54

SGP Country office contact

Ms. Mpeck Nyemeck Marie-Laure
Mr. Fogué Aimé Kamga
(237) 22 20 08 00/22 20 08 01


c/o UNDP Office, P.O. Box 836