The Project is derived from the implementation of the Pre-Project PPD 130/06 Rev.1 (F) “Identification of a Project for the Regeneration and Management of Mangrove Forests Surrounding the Douala/Edea reserve, Department of Sanaga-Maritime, Cameroon”. Mangrove ecosystems in the Douala/Edea Reserve are under strong extractive pressure from local communities who seek to harvest their much sought-after wood, and also because of other inappropriate uses, notably slash-and-burn farming practices, harvesting of fuelwood and production of charcoal, and overexploitation of non-timber forest products.
The project objective is to ensure the sustainability of mangrove resources in order to improve the living conditions of surrounding communities. It specifically intends to contribute to the sustainable management of mangrove ecosystems around the Douala-Edea Wildlife Reserve (RFDE) and associated watersheds.
The project expected outputs are as follows: the participatory management scheme for the mangrove ecosystem in the project area developed; and improved living standards for surrounding communities through the development of a local community economy having a low impact on mangrove ecosystems.
Through a dynamic and participatory process involving capacity-building for all stakeholders, the local communities established in and around the RFDE, together with those located in the adjoining watershed areas, will participate in the development of a management master-plan for the mangrove areas surrounding the RFDE. In parallel with this management master-plan development process, a number of pilot income-generating activities (IGAs) will be developed by these communities. These IGAs, having a lesser impact on the mangrove ecosystems will be proposed in order to better involve local forest communities and raise their interest in the conservation of mangrove ecosystems.