CWCS: Redeeming theConservation Pearl in the Adamawa highlands of Cameroon: Tchabal Mbabo

The montane-savannah ecosystems of Tchabal Mbabo are globally recognised for their conservation importance due to their richness in birds, reptiles, amphibians and large mammals... The trans-boundary context of Tchabal Mbabo,next to neighbouring Gashaka Gumti National Park in Nigeria gives it agreater conservation dimension and importance...During high level technical meetings held last June between CWCS and MINFOF, a gazettement Road Map was approved by the Minister. This major milestone marks a turning point for the future of Tchabal Mbabo.

Please download the Document here below:

Redeeming the Conservation Pearl in the Adamawa highlands of Cameroon

 

The montane-savannah ecosystems of Tchabal Mbabo are globally recognised for their conservation importance due to their richness in birds, reptiles, amphibians and large mammals. The mammalian species include large predators such as the threatened golden cat Felis aurata, leopard Panthera pardus and spotted hyena Crocuta crocuta. Following biological reconnaissance surveys conducted by a team of CWCS scientists, the African wild dog Lycaon pictus reported extinct in the area by IUCN was recently confirmed by local hunters to still be present.

Since 2019, Cameroon Wildlife Conservation Society, CWCS a lead national environmental NGO in Cameroon has been conducting reconnaissance biological and socio economic surveys in the area to gauge the conservation potentials of Tchabal Mbabo and assess existing threats to biodiversity. The biodiversity of the area has suffered severe losses through a combination of human driven factors notably hunting and bush meat trade, overgrazing, unsustainable harvesting of resources, wild fires for farming and grazing pastures etc. However, recent field findings by CWCS scientists indicate all is not lost of this conservation pearl located in the Adamawa highland region of Cameroon. Urgent conservation therapy is needed to redeem the glorious past of Tchabal Mbabo.

 

These major finding have rekindled hopes of the Ministry of Forestry and Wildlife (MINFOF) to proceed with gazettement of the area as a national park. Giving Tchabal Mbabo the highest protection status will go a long way to redress the significant losses of its biodiversity as result of numerous threats and therefore safeguard one of the country’s last remaining rich savannah-montane forest ecosystems.

 

The trans-boundary context of Tchabal Mbabo, next to neighbouring Gashaka Gumti National Park in Nigeria further articulate its great conservation dimension and importance. The contiguous nature of large tracts of savannah-montane trans-boundary landscape spanning across border regions of Cameroon and Nigeria necessitate urgent conservation actions from the global conservation community.

 

Tchabal Mbabo was designated by Birdlife International as an Important Bird Area (IBA) harbouring more than 86 species of birds including six species of endemic to montane areas of western Cameroon and Nigeria such as Ploceus bannermanii and Andropadus montanus. It hosts 294 bird species, 22 species restricted to the afro-montane ecosystem, 10 of which are endemic to the mountain chain (including the contiguous ecosystems of the Gashaka Gumti National Park in northeast of Nigeria.

 

The area is also known to harbour some Critically Endangered and Endangered reptiles and amphibians such as Cardioglossa alsco (Alsco Long Fingered frog), Astylosternus nganhanus (Nganha Night Frog), Leptodactylodon perreti (Perret’s egg frog) Mecistops cataphractus (Slender-snouted crocodile) just to name few.

 

The human population of the area comprises diverse ethnic groups (Mbororos, Foulbes, Nyem Nyems and Hauossas) divided into traditional chiefdoms or Lamada and different native languages. The people are mostly traditional herdsmen living at base of the mountains, others of Bantu ethnic groups predominantly cultivators, farming mainly maize, millet and vegetable crops. The mountain plateaus are inhabited by sedentary pastoralists, the Fulbes and Mboros.

 

During high level technical meetings held last June between CWCS and MINFOF, a Road Map to gazette Tchabal Mbabo as National Park was approved by the Minister. This major milestone marks a turning point for future conservation efforts in the area.

 

By

Leonard Usongo,  Senior Conservation Biologist, Cameroon Wildlife Conservation Society(CWCS)

Email: cwcsmko@yahoo.fr  - website: https://www.cwcs-cameroon.org

 

Please download the Document here below:

Go back

Partners News

Final Reports: United Nations Biodiversity Summit

The Summit focused on the theme “Urgent Action on Biodiversity for Sustainable Development,” to highlight the urgency of action at the highest levels in support of a post-2020 GBF that contributes to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (2030 Agenda) and places the global community on a path towards realizing the 2050 Vision for Biodiversity, “Living in harmony with nature.”

The Evolving War on Illegal Wildlife Trade - IISD

Illegal trafficking and unsustainable trade in wildlife are causing unprecedented declines in some species. They can also potentially lead to the spread of zoonoses, such as SARS-CoV-2, which causes COVID-19. While the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora has been in force since 1975, there are growing calls to build a stand-alone international instrument to address illegal wildlife trade and crime.

How to Make Climate Risk Insurance Better Meet the Needs of the Vulnerable? – IISD

When climate risk insurance (CRI) schemes first started gaining popularity ten years ago, many believed they would be a solid solution to help vulnerable communities financially manage natural hazards and adapt to climate change. However, over the past decade implementers have learned that changes to existing approaches are required to better meet the needs of the target populations.

Leaders Stress Importance of Transparency and Trust in Pandemic Recovery Efforts – IISD

“Spend what you need to, but you need to keep the receipts.” Speaker after speaker elaborated on this theme and its objectives during a discussion organized by the Open Government Partnership on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly’s 75th session. Principles such as transparency, accountability, participation, trust, communication, and inclusion were highlighted as critical components for the effective governance of stimulus packages and efforts to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Brief Explores the Role of the Governance in Protecting Global Biodiversity –IISD

A policy brief from the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) emphasizes that reversing the alarming rate of biodiversity loss requires a significant policy shift away from business as usual. The coming decade is of utmost importance for global governance of biodiversity, the authors stress.

UNCCD meets with LAC representatives to discuss future cooperation in land restoration – unccd

The UNCCD Executive Secretary Mr. Ibrahim Thiaw held a virtual meeting with the Minister of Environment and Natural Resources of Nicaragua Ms. Sumaya  Castillo, the Executive Secretary of the Central American Commission for Environment and Development (CCAD) Mr. Salvador Nieto, and the special envoy for LAC, Mr. Edgar Gutierrez, to discuss a future cooperation cooperation agreement and review land restoration activities in the region.

UNCCD and the IIASA enter partnership to support science, technology and innovation – unccd

Bonn, Germany/Laxenburg Austria – UNCCD and the International institute of applied systems analysis (IIASA) signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on 30 September 2020 to promote the application of integrated system analyses in support of science, technology and UNCCD implementation. This MoU builds on shared priorities and strategic vision of both institutions to advance transformational changes that help achieve sustainable development goals, in particularly SDG15.3 on Land degradation Neutrality.

National workshop on certification and traceability in the DRC in Kinshasa. – ATIBT

This workshop was organized by the Federation of Timber Manufacturers (FIB) in collaboration with ATIBT through the FLEGT REDD, FLEGT IP and FLEGT certification projects, namely "Improving the integration of third party verified certification into FLEGT-REDD processes", projects awarded to ATIBT aimed at improving the legal level of companies through professional associations, project partners, and through the promotion of third party verified certification, to prepare them for the implementation of FLEGT VPAs.

Tree planting is critical for sustainable future but can’t fix climate change on its own – CIFOR

Around 40 kilometers south-west of the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, native and exotic trees stand side by side on 8 hectares of the Suba Forest. Surrounded by tall junipers and idyllic mountains, this group of seed orchards is just one of many that serve as incubators for the country’s impressive landscape restoration efforts.

UN Biodiversity Summit Supports 2030 Agenda-aligned Post-2020 Framework –IISD

The first UN Biodiversity Summit highlighted the urgency of action at the highest levels in support of a post-2020 global biodiversity framework that contributes to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and places the global community on a path towards “living in harmony with nature” – the 2050 Vision for Biodiversity.

FAO Director-General calls for transformational change in the way we manage our forests and food systems that depend on them – FAO

5 October 2020, Rome - Transformational change is needed in the way we manage our forests and their biodiversity, produce and consume our foods and interact with nature, if we want to build back better after the COVID-19 pandemic and achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. This was the key message of a speech delivered today by FAO Director-General QU Dongyu at the 25th session of the Committee on Forestry (COFO).

The status of the forest elephant in the world heritage Dja Faunal Reserve, Cameroon

Our forest elephant dung-based distance-sampling survey of the 5,260 km2 World Heritage Dja Faunal Reserve (DFR) in Cameroon systematically covered 298.2 km of line transects with a further 1,681.4 km covered as recces. The population estimates of 0.042 individuals/km2 (CV: 19.4%; 95% CI: 0.029–0.061) and 219 individuals (95% CI: 150–319) confirmed a significant decline over recent years.

Call for Expression of Interest for the selection of a Development Bank in charge of opening and managing a "Blue Fund for the Congo Basin" financing line. – CBCC

The Congo Basin Climate Commission (CBCC) is launching a Call for Expression of Interest (CEI) for the selection of a Development Bank in charge of opening and managing a "Blue Fund for the Congo Basin" financing line.

FLEGT-IP and FLEGT-REDD Project Workshop SPIB - ATIBT "Traceability and Forest Certification of Wood" - ATIBT

On Tuesday, September 22, 2020 was held in Abidjan, from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm at the Palm Club Hotel, the workshop on Traceability and Certification, organized by ATIBT and SPIB, as part of the implementation of activities of the FLEGT-IP and FLEGT-REDD Project in Côte d'Ivoire.