In 2018, TreeSisters began to fund a project located in Southwestern Cameroon, which aimed to support the restoration of the Lebialem Highlands forests near Mount Bamboutos. This area is of global biodiversity importance and is home to the endangered Cross River gorilla.
TreeSisters has been working closely with our planting partner International Tree Foundation (ITF) and the local implementing partner ERuDeF to make this project a reality. Over the past few years, local communities have been engaged with the project and ERuDeF has been able to successfully plant 304,315 trees!
Through donations from TreeSisters, this project has also set up 109 individual nurseries, 4 community-managed nurseries, 3 farmers’ group nurseries and 7 central nurseries with four giant mist propagators. Additionally, thanks to TreeSisters’ support, 1086 people in the region have had the opportunity to attend workshops about the importance of restoring the Mt Bamboutos ecosystem and 429 people (40% women) have attended training sessions (on nursery establishment and management techniques, contour farming and so much more) to develop their skills to sustainably manage the Mt Bamboutos ecosystem.
Participants during training workshop on agroforestry contour farming and related material.
However, due to conflict and instability in the region, these measures have not been sufficient to meet the original tree target for this reforestation project.
The project was due to complete in September 2021, however, due to the challenges and social impact of civil war, layered with the additional complication of COVID-19, reforestation in this project is now on pause.
ITF and ERuDEF are working closely with local communities to see what changes can be made to the project to enable work to continue in this vital habitat. Treesisters’ funding for this project is on pause until there is more clarity, and adjustments can be made to ensure that reforestation can go ahead as hoped. We will keep our donors up to date with the latest developments as soon as they are available!
We would love to thank and honour everyone who has donated to TreeSisters to date, your donations continue to transform lives, landscapes and the future of our world. If you would like to find out more about the latest updates from our other reforestation projects, please visit our Grow Forests page.
Written by Jen Stevens
Published 31 March, 2021
Photos are courtesy of EruDef
Jen Stevens (Smith) works as the TreeSisters Social and Communications Manager. Previous to joining TreeSisters, Jen worked at large technology firms and brings with her 7 years experience of digital marketing, advertising and best practice.
Jen joined TreeSisters after spending 6 months traveling and volunteering in South America. During this time Jen saw first had the effects of deforestation on local communities, animal life and landscapes. Jen experienced a direct call from Mother Nature to protect and honour the Earth.