Cameroon’s Wabane sub Division has been hit by numerous climatic hazards in the past decade, of which the most significant were:
-The Akoh-Bamumbuh landslide disaster of 1998 which destroyed over 50 homes and left hundreds of people homeless. Valuable properties, food crops and domestic animals were also destroyed.
-The wind disaster of May 8, 2001, which destroyed hundreds of private homes, schools and hospitals.
-The land slide disaster of July 20, 2003, which led to the dead of over 40 persons, hundreds wounded and thousands homeless.
-From 2005 to 2008 the sub division has constantly been affected by such natural hazards which have often led to the destruction of houses, bridges, displacement of people and destruction of food crops. As a result of constant soil erosion the sub division has gradually been loosing soil fertility, a phenomenon that increased food insecurity.
Taking in account the numerous benefits of trees, such as: moderation of the climate, protection of animals, plants, and people against wind and sun, reduction of global warming by absorbing carbon dioxide, conservation of nature, improving soil fertility/water balance and erosion control, and having witness some of the drastic climatic and natural hazards that have affected the people of Wabane and humanity in general, AMYOFACIG seeks to propagate and plant 7000 selected species of trees in Wabane sub Division, an attempt to make the world a conducive place.
Objectives and beneficiaries
Specifically, the project will be able to:
- train 30 young people on tree propagation and planting techniques;
- educate the 30 people on the importance of tree plating;
- at least 6000 tress will be planted in Wabane sub division.
The direct beneficiaries of this project are the 30 trainees. However, the entire Wabane community and the world at large will indirectly benefit from this initiative as the 7000 planted trees will help in nature conservation.
Strong points of the practice
- At least 30 young people trained on modern tree planting and its importance;
- A plant nursery of 75m2 established;
- 7000 seeds propagated and at least 6000 selected species of trees planted;
- Planted trees to serve as wind barriers, shelter, erosion barriers;
- Conservation and improvement of soil fertility and water balance.
Expected results and benefits for climate change adaptation and mitigation
The focus of this project is to strengthen the capacity of rural communities on environmental protection and resource sustainability.
The trainees shall be 30 young people selected from the eight villages that make up Wabane sub Division, trained on modern nursing, transplant and after care of trees and on the importance of trees planting for the protection of the environment and rehabilitation of natural resources.
The project seeks to nurse and plant selected species of trees (6000) in Wabane Sub Division as fight against environmental pollution and rehabilitation.
Replicability potential of the practice
-training on modern tree propagation, planting, aftercare techniques and importance of trees;
-purchase of seeds;
-purchase of polythene bags and other materials;
-preparation and construction of nursery;
-filling of polythene bags and setting up nursery;
-guidance/maintenance of nursery;
-Transplant of trees;
[Editor's Note: All information published as submitted by the author(s). Minor edits may have been made to increase readability and understanding.]