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In Northern Cameroon, among three National Parks, the Bénoué Park is one of the oldest protected areas of the country.

At the foot of the Adomaoua Plateau, the 180 000-ha park is declared "Biosphere Reserve" by UNESCO and hosts many mammal species classified as "Vulnerable" by the IUCN, including the African savanna elephant (Loxodonta africana), the Leopard (Panthera pardus), and the Hippopotamus (Hippopotamus amphibius).


Major issues


The influx of refugee populations has resulted in a great increase in the local population, of which 68% live below the poverty line, making Northern Cameroun the region with the highest poverty rate in the country. With low incomes, communities living near the park are all the more tempted to draw resources from the reserves.

Connectivity between the park and hunting areas is increasingly compromised by the important arrival of pastoralists in search of farmland on the west side of the Park. Their installation leads to illegal logging in the corridors, associated with the sale of wood or charcoal. In addition, poaching of small and big game has become ubiquitous in this region; leading to a worrying decrease in animal populations.


The project and the prospects for change


This project is part of a broader work on the territorial governance of Protected Areas in Northern Cameroon. While the hunting sector is losing momentum and demographics are still soaring, it is important to integrate the economic development of green value-chains into regional planning in the periphery of the Bénoué National Park

The project will support the development of NTFP value chains around the Bénoué Park. The Partner, CERAF, will focus in particular on shea, by supporting women's groups in the collection and processing of organic shea nuts. The project will focus on improving the quality of the processed products and their marketing in order to ensure stable incomes for the communities.

Noé and CERAF will continue their approach of strengthening the capacities of local communities, promoting women empowerment, and conserving biodiversity, particularly through the development and implementation of sustainable resource management plans.


Committed partners


Created in 2003, the CERAF-NORD (Center for Agroforestry Resources, Forestry and Continuing Education - North) aims to promote sustainable development based on the effective participation of rural and urban communities.

In recent years, CERAF has provided local civil society organizations with technical assistance and training to restore ecosystems.


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