Posted on 19th Oct 2017
Buea-based non-profit organization, Global Hand reveals that come February 2018, it will pick-up with the second phases of the training of local communities on sustainable natural resource management and how to earn a living from the natural parks located around their localities. The program which the organization with headquarters in Vasingi-Buea engaged in since its creation in April 2011, announced that with the conservation and transformation of most forest to natural parks, communities around such areas whose livelihood used to depend solely on the forest need a substitute means to be able to sustain their families.
According to the founder and Chief Executive Officer, CEO, of Global Hand Cameroon, Evambe Thompson Atra, their aim seeks to empower the forest dependent communities situated around Mount Cameroon, identify alternative income generation activities and educate villagers on the importance of Eco-tourism, climate smart agriculture, modern farming technics with a precision on second-generation agriculture.
Speaking during the October 17 call to end povert, Global Hand’s CEO noted that, with the now global threat ravaging the world which scientist described as Global warming, there is a need to educate local communities on the importance of preserving their forest and the eco-system. An activity he added was among the projects currently earmark by his organisation.
According to Global Hand's CEO, the community-based NGO will in the days to come engaged in partnership deals with the Mount Cameroon National Park, the Ministry of Environment, protection of Nature and Sustainable Development, that of Tourism and Leisure, the Community Education and Action Centers (CEACs), and local communities to better carry out their objectives.
To him, it goes far beyond conserving and creating national parks and reserves but local indigenes that used to depend only on the forest for income will have to be provided with alternative means to earn money. Adding that unless provisions are made to that effect, communities around the Mount Cameroon Natural Park, for example, will still intrude into the forest for their daily activities which sometimes involve hunting of animals some of which have been tagged endangered species.