Eco-friendly Bushfire Prevention and Management in Kilum-Ijim forest
Eco-friendly Bushfire Prevention and Management in Kilum-Ijim forest
This project will be carried out in the Kilum-Ijim forest which is a 20.000 hectare forest with about 300.000 people living about a day’s work to the forest. This forest has 18 community forest run by various Forest Management Institutions [own and managed by community people] and Plant Life Sanctuary covering the forest around Lake Oku which is owned managed by Ministry of Forestry and Wildlife. This forest suffers from bushfire that destroy biodiversity, beehives and cause climate change. The forest is a carbon sink that convert CO2 to carbon and when burn the carbon stored in trees is converted to CO2 which is a greenhouse gas. This bushfire happens because of slash-and-burn in surrounding forest farms, smoking of cigarette in the forest, burning of vegetation by grazers around the forest to get new vegetation for cattle and poor method of honey harvesting. Many hectares of the forest in have been lost to bushfire. In 2016 one bushfire destroyed more than 800 hectares of the Bikov Community Forest. In 2012, there were more than 7 bushfires in the forest and in 2019 CAMGEW had reduced the number of bushfires and size of forest burn drastically through sensitisation, forest education, forest microfinance and apiculture. When community members are trained on honey production and provided with beehives to place in the forest, they protect the forest better as they protect their beehives from bushfire. Some communities



are strong in bushfire prevention and management and this can be share with other communities because the forest is a unique ecosystem that cannot be separated ecologically.

The coming of COVID- 19 affected many people who lost their source of livelihoods. Many of these people will be interested to do more slash-and-burn to prepare much land for farming, some grazers will be interested to burn much land to have more pasture for cattle and because of poverty and bee farmers will lack funds to buy smokers to do modern honey harvesting.
This project will train forest users and forest community members through learning-by-doing in fire tracing, patrols, production of forest boards for sensitisation to prevent bushfire, forest education on bushfire prevent and management, back burning and planting of ever green vegetation on fire traced path. The forest bushfire prevention and management platform will be created per community forest and each one will be supported with bushfire management tools.
Bushfire affects communities in the forest as it destroys their beehives and also destroys the rich fauna and flora in the forest. CAMGEW will target forest users like bee farmers through their cooperatives, herbalist and firewood fetchers, Forest Management Institution, water management Committee
 

Project Snapshot

Grantee:
CAMEROON GENDER AND ENVIRONMENT WATCH
Country:
Cameroon
Area Of Work:
Biodiversity
Climate Change Mitigation
Land Degradation
Grant Amount:
US$ 32,672.00
Co-Financing Cash:
US$ 9,237.26
Co-Financing in-Kind:
US$ 23,584.48
Project Number:
CMR/SGP/OP7/Y1/ICCA-GSI-COVID/2021/01
Status:
Currently under execution
Project Characteristics and Results
Emphasis on Sustainable Livelihoods
1-Training on bees wax soap production for 25 women and youths as COVID 19 prevention measure. This will be WASH. Women and youths will use skills to create jobs and income for themselves and the community 2-Training on agroforestry techniques for 50 community members to make area traced and closer to forest peripheries evergreen to prevent fire crossing into forest.
Notable Community Participation
Activity 1.1: Sensitisation campaigns in social groups and gatherings on importance of the forest, bushfire prevention and management measures and also on COVID Prevention 1350 persons sensitised? (400 Men, 500 women, 300 youth, 50 people with disabilities, 100 Indigenous Peoples). 10 campaigns carried out Activity 2.1: 1 Trainings for Kilum-Ijim forest multi-stakeholder platforms on bushfire prevention and management and on COVID 19 Prevention 20 persons trained (5 Men, 5 women, 6 youth, 1 people with disabilities, 3 Indigenous Peoples) Activity 2.2: 1 Working session to prepare a bushfire prevention and management calendar with forest multi-stakeholder platforms in each community 20 persons trained (5 Men, 5 women, 6 youth, 1 people with disabilities, 3 Indigenous Peoples) Activity 3.3: 2 Training on agroforestry techniques to make area traced and closer to forest peripheries evergreen to prevent fire crossing into forest. 50 farmers trained (12 men, 20 women, 18 youth, etc…) Activity 3.5: 8 Exchange visit between communities that are strong in bushfire prevention and management with communities that lack the skills Number of persons (3men, 3 women, 4youth) involved in each exchange visits Activity 1.2: Use of creative arts to prevent and manage bushfire and also prevent COVID 19 Youths will be part of this activities Activity 2.4: Provision of support to forest communities with tools to better prevent and manage bushfire and manage COVID 19 Youths will be part of this activities Activity 3.2: Carrying out back burning after fire lining Youths will be part of this activities Activity 3.1: Carrying out fire lining or tracing of 4m path around the forest by community members with different forest interest. Youths will be part of this activities Activity 3.4: Carrying out forest patrols by Forest Management Institutions’ members, forest honey Cooperative members, herbalists, 2 youth on academic or professional internship are involved in the collection and documentation of project results (2 interns (at least 1 woman) involved in the project implementation).
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Grantee Contact

Mr. WIRSIY Emmanuel BINYUY
Phone: (+237) 675 18 43 10 / (+237) 697 037 417
Email: camgew@gmail.com; wirsiyemma@yahoo.com
 

Address

OKU street
OKU , NORTH WEST , OP Box: 17

SGP Country office contact

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

Address

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