Cameroon boasts incredible biodiversity, encompassing ecosystems from dense rainforests and coastal mangroves to savannah grasslands. These systems support a rich array of wildlife, including iconic species, such as forest elephants, gorillas, chimpanzees, and a remarkable variety of bird species. To preserve these species and support the livelihoods of communities that live side by side with these ecosystems, Anne Ntongho, a Senior Monitoring and Evaluation Officer at WWF, works to co-develop projects and strategies using the Conservation Standards.
“I would like to say that the Conservation Standards is a transformative approach in the sense that it positively influences our working style – from static to adaptive. It provides fantastic results, brings the right changes, and most of all, demonstrates impact on wildlife and ecosystems.” Ntongho says.
Through using the Conservation Standards, Anne and her team can effectively respond to changing conservation needs, ensuring their strategies are dynamic and effective. This approach allows them to address critical challenges surrounding forest conservation, elephants, and great apes in Cameroon and Central Africa.
Cross River gorillas live in a region populated by many humans who have encroached upon the gorilla’s territory—clearing forests for timber and to create fields for agriculture and livestock.
The Cross-Sanaga-Bioko Coastal Forest; Mt. Cameroon and Bioko Montane Forest, and Cameroon Highlands Forest are part of West Africa’s biodiversity hotspots. Aside from DRC and Congo, Cameroon host the largest portion of the Congo Basin, which holds over 15% of the world’s remaining tropical forests.
African forest elephants are the elusive cousin of the African savannah elephant. They inhabit the dense rainforests of west and central Africa.
More about the World Wildlife Fund Cameroon
Cameroon, a country of some 475,000 square kilometers, is fondly called “Africa in miniature,” as it is home to over 90% Africa’s ecological systems – including mangrove forests, coastal forests, lowland forests, savannah, and grasslands.
Since 1990, WWF has been working in Cameroon to preserve the immense biodiversity found within the county. WWF is currently present in 5 landscapes with several thematic scopes of work.
Visit the WWF Cameroon website.
The Conservation Standards is the product of inputs, field tests, and discussions among members of the Conservation Measures Partnership (CMP), which has final editorial authority over the Conservation Standards. Substantial input was also provided by members of the Conservation Coaches Network (CCNet) and other CMP partners.
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