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Rise for Nature

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Project begin: 10/02/2011

The Rise for Nature project was initiated by citizens, volunteers of CCREAD-Cameroon. A holistic and integrated approach that ensures it is fully community-based.

Leading organisation: Centre for Community Regeneration and Development (CCREAD-Cameroon)
The country where the team is based: Cameroon
Covered Countries: Cameroon
Theme: Biodiversity, Education for Sustainable Development, Local and Indigenous Knowledge
Sub-themes: Climate change, Environment, Food and food security, Forests and desertification, Gender equality and women's empowerment, Knowledge sharing, Poverty and inequality reduction, Resources management, Sustainable lifestyles
Tag: #Africa #Women #Youth
Selection: 2021
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This initiative was born in 2012 from the desire to preserve Cameroon’s biodiversity, one of the richest in the world, to act against climate change and to develop sustainable livelihoods with communities.

This local action has grown into a national programme. The objective of this programme is to mobilise and involve local people for effective biodiversity conservation and protection through awareness raising, education, advocacy and the creation of community-led structures. Its principle is to build on indigenous cultures and practices that are environmentally friendly and sustainable, not to import solutions that do not fit the local context.

An inspiring impact

1,549 community biodiversity protection and conservation education, advocacy and control groups have been created, trained, legalized and operationalized across the 10 regions of Cameroon. 109 village and community forest management Committees and forest conservation management plans designed and adopted for local implementation in the conservation of biodiversity. In 214 rainforest communities where the lack of viable environmentally friendly economic opportunities exists, the project has trained households in beekeeping, organic gardening with at least 24,600 households provided with alternative sources of income thereby reducing the pressure on the environment

Rise for Nature was the first project in Cameroon to win the UNESCO-Japan Prize for Education for Sustainable Development. It still inspires many projects across Africa.

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