Sustainable Water Resources Management: Eco Relief Explores Nonstructural Options and Approaches

Water resources play an important role in sustainable development and are central to all human activities and the health of natural ecosystems. In the past three decades, water resources have been subjected to two kinds of pressures – developmental pressures and climate change related pressures. Among the developmental pressures, the primary demand has been from rapidly growing population resulting in competing uses from agriculture, industry and domestic use. The additional developmental pressures are also from rapidly changing lifestyles, including eating habits and the growing nexus betw...
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Synthesis Report on Bat Conservation Project

The Rufford Foundation-sponsored phase of Eco Relief’s bat conservation project in the Ekona area of Cameroon which began in February of 2016 has now come to an end, while the Bat Conservation International-sponsored phase is ongoing. Despite a number of field and logistics challenges that were properly managed, the project was completed within time and budget – with key milestones documented in four Progress Reports. These four reports have culminated in the development of a synthesis report that can be found here. RSG Final Report 18794-1
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Bat Conservation International Partners with Eco Relief

Despite the socio-environmental benefits provided by bats – such as pollination, forest regeneration and pest control – their existence is under.  This threat is the direct result of hunting for meat as well as human-induced loss of their forest and cave habitats through logging, agriculture mining, urbanisation, grazing and mining. This is the case with many communities in Cameroon, where Eco Relief is leading a campaign for their conservation around the Ekona community. In recognition of these efforts, the world’s leading authority on bat conservation, Bat Conservation International, is p...
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Smallholder Timber Exploiters Trained on Sustainable Forest Management

Throughout the world, deforestation remains the biggest driver for climate change and global warming. And while the spotlight has been so much on the activities of farmers and logging companies, there remains a group of stakeholders whose role in deforestation is not getting sufficient attention. This group of stakeholders are the smallholder timber dealers who exploit community and private forests to provide local material for construction, furniture design and cooking fuel. There are thousands of such smallholder dealers in Cameroon who play a key role in the construction industry and the...
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International Day of Forest Celebrated With Focus on Water

Forests are the most biologically-diverse ecosystems on land and provide home to more than 80% of the terrestrial species of animals, plants and insects. They also provide shelter, jobs and security for forest-dependent communities. This remarkable role played by forests is recognised the world over through activities to commemorate the International Day of Forests on March 21st each year. The theme of the 2016 International Day of Forests was “forests and water”. Did you know? Forested watersheds and wetlands supply 75 percent of the world’s accessible freshwater. About one-third ...
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Rural Women Trained on Climate Smart Agriculture Practices

As women the world over prepared to celebrate the International Women’s Day, rural women in Lower Bolifamba in the South West Region of Cameroon had a different item on their agenda. On the eve of the celebration (Monday March 7th, 2016), Eco Relief organised a training workshop in Lower Bolifamba on the theme Gender Mainstreaming in Climate Smart Agriculture. The workshop brought together 28 women farmers from Bolifamba and 27 students from the Faculty of Agriculture of the University of Buea. The objective of this workshop was to educate women on the practicalities of climate change as well ...
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Eco Relief in Partnership Discussion with Cameroon Ministry of Environment

On Monday February 24th 2016, Eco Relief was at the South West Regional Delegation of Environment, Protection of Nature and Sustainable Development in Cameroon. The official visit was to lay the groundwork for implementation of Eco Relief’s strategy to develop intervention projects and programmes through partnership. The need for this partnership is triggered by the fact that despite the efforts of organisations such as the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change to propose best practices for the fight against climate change, v...
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Rufford Foundation Supports Eco Relief’s Bat Conservation Project

On the 15th of February 2016, Eco Relief will launch activities to mark the start of a bat conservation project in Ekona, a community in the South West Region of Cameroon. This initiative is being undertaken with financial support from the Rufford Foundation – to whom we express our gratitude and look forward to a sustainable partnership. This project falls within the framework of Eco Relief’s Endangered Species Conservation Programme and has as uniqueness an integrated approach that will connect conservation outcomes to sustainable development. This sustainable development is the direct so...
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Climate Risk Early Warning Systems initiative launched at COP21

The governments of Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Luxembourg and The Netherlands have agreed to give over US$80 million to equip up to 80 countries with better climate risk early [caption id="attachment_784" align="alignright" width="300"] Margareta Wahlström, Head of UNISDR (left) with, Annick Girardin, France’s Secretary of State for Development, at the launch of the CREWS initiative (Photo: UNISDR)[/caption] warning systems. Countries from Small Island Developing States (SIDS), Least Developed Countries (LDCs) and, more broadly, nations in Africa will be the first to get this ...
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Climate Education and Practical Action Targets Students

Given the huge implications of climate change in developing countries, the importance of promoting education around the subject cannot be overemphasized. Eco Relief continues to set the pace on bringing such education to build a resilient society with preparedness to offer short-, medium-, and long-term solutions to the challenge of climate change. Within the context of its Climate Education and Practical Action (CEPA) Programme, Eco Relief organised 8 workshops from October 16th to October 23rd 2015 for youth capacity building on climate change mitigation and adaptation. Over the course...
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