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National ENERGY GLOBE Award Cameroon 2018
Cameroon Gender and Environment Watch (CAMGEW) has been conserving 20.000 hectares of the Kilum-Ijim forest through edu-cational workshops training communities involved the intricacies of native tree planting, agro forestry initiatives and development of green value chain which is bought about by the bee keeping initiatives as an alternative to over exploitation of natural resources.
Burning of grass in dry season and the use unorthodox methods of farming such as slash-and-burn practices is exposing the Kilum-Ijim forests to heavy losses of natural resources thereby, affecting the bee population in the region. The forest ecosystem suffered from bushfire that result from grazers burning grassland for green pasture
As a solution to the problem, Cameroon Gender and Environment Watch (CAMGEW) has engaged the communities around the Kilum-Ijim forest in planting of 63 700 native bee loving trees. Bee farmers have been organized in 28 village level groups and in 6 bee farmer cooperatives in order to improve the honey quality and quantity and get a better market.
More than 150000 community members have been reached though CAMGEW’s bi-weekly radio, publications and website cam-paigns. CAMGEW has engaged the services of consultants from existing institutions such technicians from honey cooperatives to educate farmers about bee keeping. CAMGEW has also created a honey shops in Bamenda that help the farmers to market their products in urban areas.