This project will evaluate the potential of bamboo and other native, non-timber forest products to restore degraded land in Cameroon. It is one of a dozen nascent projects under the umbrella of The Restoration Initiative, funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and with the overall objective of contributing to the Bonn Challenge, the New York Declaration on Forests, and the AFR100 initiative in land restoration in Cameroon.
The project will consider bamboo’s usefulness on a number of levels: as a tool for restoring degraded land to agricultural productivity while conserving biodiversity; as a source of income for rural communities; as a carbon sink; and as a means to raise the groundwater table across degraded landscapes in Cameroon.
The specific objectives of the project are:
In 2020, project staff provided technical support to national policy documents about sustainable bamboo forestry management and forest landscape restoration, which were developed with the Ministry of Forestry and Wildlife and the Ministry of Environment, Nature Protection and Sustainable Development. The documents will help ensure the long-term sustainability of bamboo planting efforts in Cameroon.
The project has also helped establish eight new nurseries for bamboo and other non-timber forest plants, which in 2020 produced 37,000 plants for distribution. More than 100 hectares of land were secured for restoration in an effort involving 150 locals, most of whom received training on bamboo agroforestry.
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