The Greens Goes Wild for Life
Go Wild 4 Life and Protect Earth, Restore Land and Engage People.
This blog combines reports from our World Environment Day and World Day to Combat Desertification Activities.
In a bid to commemorate and celebrate the World Environment Day 2016, The Greens in collaboration with the Regional Delegation of the Ministry of Environment, Protection of Nature and Sustainable Development for the North West Region (MINEPDED-NWR) and the Network of Environmental Stakeholders Cameroon (NEST-Cam) organized week long activities that commenced on Tuesday the 31st of May with a Press Conference at the Regional Delegation of MINEPDED Conference Hall. The Press conference was attended by more than 15 representatives of the civil society organizations who joined the Regional Delegate, Mr Moma Henry and his staff to discuss issues relating to the World Environment Day theme “Zero tolerance for the illegal wildlife trade” and slogan “Go wild for life” with press men and women from diverse media houses in the region led by Kusi Mercy of Cameroon Radio Television (CRTV).
Wednesday the 1st of June witnessed a fleet of environmentalists under the leadership of the Regional Delegate of MINEPDED-NWR and the Chairman of NEST-Cam, Mr Njamsi Nelson journey to the village of Chomba in Mezam Division of the North West Region for tree planting at the Atualah Catchment in Chomba. The entire team was warmly received by the Secretary General of Chomba Development and Cultural Association (CHODECA) who conveyed them to the water catchment area. It wasn’t an easy task going up the steep hills of the (sshead of the village) water catchment area as our vehicles got stuck in the mud as well as we had to carry more than 400 Trees and trekked for more than 45 minutes up the hills to the water catchment area. The team which comprised of more than 25 persons planted the trees and as a recommendation agreed to establish a community tree nursery around the water catchment area so as curb the carrying of trees from down the village to the water catchment which was quite a tedious task. Next to the planting was the grand reception offered by HRM Fon Forbusi Martin Asanjiwho appreciated the efforts of the environmentalists and called on them to remember Chomba in all their environmental endeavors.
Thursday 2nd of June began as early as 05:00AM when the Regional Delegate of MINEPDED-NWR, Chairman of NEST-Cam, Coordinator of CIRMAD, Coordinator of SURUDEV, Coordinator and students of National Polytechnic Bamenda Environmental Club and Coordinator of The Greens joined CRTV journalists Precilia Agendia and Suzanne Bell on the Morning Highlands Radio Show to discuss issues relating to illegal wildlife trade and draw public attention to the world environment day. This was followed by a throng of pupils and students from primary schools, secondary and high schools, Universities and Professional schools who stumped and filled both the conference hall and offices of the Regional Delegation of MINEPDED-NW for the World Environment Day Quiz. Coordinated by The Greens and NEST-Cam, the one-hour quiz ended successfully with the 9 young people selected as World Environment Day Quiz Champions. Friday 3rd of June marked the great Hike and Night At the Forest. Coordinated by The Greens, Kedjom-Keku, CCESN, Better World Cameroon and Y’ems Group, 44 people comprising of 3 Divisional Delegates, the Chairman of NEST-Cam and his civil society organizations, staff of MINEPDED-NWR and Regional Delegate of MINEPDED hiked to the Tubah Upland Forest to assess the state of the forest and its biodiversity worth. Being a habitat to the critically endangered and endemic Pan troglodytes ellioti as well as lots of endemic and endangered flora and fauna, the Afromontane forest was discovered during the hike to be highly fragmented and fast degrading as a result of conversion of forest for agriculture and pasture, bush fires and over hunting. Led by Martin Mikes, a Czech volunteer and Coordinator of Kedjom-keku, the more than 3 hours’ hike ended with beautiful music from Vanilla City, forest refreshment and strong deliberations on establishing a road map to conserve the remaining patches of the Afromontane forest. The departure of the Regional Delegate and his entourage at about 05:00PM paved way more than 27 Environmental Activist to stay for A Night at the Forest.
In very few words, it was a fun filled night.
On Saturday 4th June witnessed symbolic tree planting led by Farmer Tantoh an Ashoka Fellow at Bamenda University of Science and Technology as well as a radio programs; “Green Radio” from 10:00 – 11:00AM by The Greens at Radio Abakwa, FM 99.0 and “Your Environment with SURUDEV” from 12:00 – 12:30PM by SURUDEV at Radio Hot Cocoa, FM 94.0.
Because June 5th was Sunday, World Environment Day activities were moved to Monday 6th June at MINEPAT Hall Upstation. The commemoration and celebration presided over by the representative of the North West Governor, Mr Macoge Ivo who serves Inspector General at the North West Governor’s office began with the singing of the National Anthem and then a word of welcome from the Regional Delegate of MINEPDED-NWR, reading of the UN Secretary General’s message, music, drama, academic presentation, prize award to the world environment day quiz champions, Governor’s speech and finally a visit to the exhibition stands of the various civil society organizations of the North West Region.
In the North West, we went wild for life!
Protect Earth. Restore Land. Engage People
In a bid to commemorate and celebrate World Day to Combat Desertification, The Greens in partnership with Regional Delegation of the Ministry of Environment, Protection of Nature and Sustainable Development for the North West Region (MINEPDED-NWR), Better World Cameroon, CCESN, La Liberte Arts Group, Alliance Francaise Bamenda, Y’ems Group, SURUDEV, Farmer Tantoh and Kedjom-Keku organized a Movie Screening, Forum Theater Debate and A Night at the Forest.
Presided over by the Regional Delegate of MINEPDED-NWR who read the UN Secretary General’s speech on World Day to Combat Desertification 2016, the Regional boss called on all stakeholders to carry out acitivities in line with the theme of world day to combat desertification: “Inclusive cooperation for achieving Land Degradation Neutrality” and Slogan: Protect Earth. Restore Land. Engage People
A 45-minutes documentary titled by Patrick Rouxel as well as Other short video documentaries such as and by Prince Ea were screened during the event. This was followed by a forum theater debate which drew inspiration from a play that takes place in the following context:
In a village, a multinational proposes to build roads and school against the right to exploit the forest for palm oil industry. What should we do? The play triggered the audience to get rid of morality and go to the roots of the problem: why is there deforestation? After the play, the whole public was invited to share and to debate on the pros and cons of deforestation.
The great debate which engaged the more than 40 persons’ who attended the movie screening was closely followed by local homemade refreshment comprising of Ginger Juice from Better World Cameroon, Palm wine the village of Ndop supplied by Kedjom-Keku, oranges and bananas. The event ended with a visit to the organizations’ exhibition stands.
On Saturday the 18th – Sunday the 19th of June 16 Environmental Activists visited the Tubah Upland Forest for A Night at the Forest. The hike took the team to a cave, very steep volcanic plugs, water catchments, forests, and lots of exquisite forest sites.
Summarily, what happens in the forest stays in the forest. If I tell you, I will need to kill you. Join us next time for the unique hike. Hike Gallery!