Workgroup Endangered Species Conservation

Saving the African Rainforest

This project aims at the conservation of the Gulf of Guinea Forests, which are among the oldest and richest rainforests of the African continent. Our approach is conservation through capacity building of conservation biologists and wildlife managers in Cameroon and Nigeria.

So far, we conducted seminars and field schools on wildlife conservation and management for forestry students of Dschang University, Cameroon, as well as Wildlife Managers of the Forest Ministry of Cameroon (MINFOF), and local representatives of World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) and Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS). We also participated in wildlife conservation field courses of James Madison university, Virginia (Dr. Joshua Linder) and have involved staff from Oxford universits's WILDCRU department who offer a postgraduate diploma in wildlife conservation for students from developing countries (Dr. Christos Astaras). In addition, we undertake a joint research project on the social and ecological effects of industrial oil palm development in Central Africa. These activities are funded by SAVE Wildlife Conservation Fund, Greenpeace International, World-Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) Germany, as well as the Kreditanstalt für Wiederaufbau (KfW) with the German government and GIZ through their PSMNR-SW project.

For a report on wildlife, biodiversity and carbon stock of a planned oil palm concession area, click here