National Stakeholders Validate KNP Revised Management and Business Plans
Over 50 stakeholders converged in a workshop on the 9th of August at the Mvog Betsi Zoological Gardens in Yaoundé to validate the revised Management and Business Plans of the Korup National Park.
Chaired by the Minister of Forestry and Wildlife represented by the Secretary General Mr Joseph Nyongwen, participants in the national validation workshop included the Ministry of Forestry and Wildlife and other relevant ministries, elected officials, traditional authorities, representatives of Civil Society Organisations, Conservation and Development partners, media and other invited personalities.
Following the Directives of the Ministry of Forestry and Wildlife on the elaboration and validation of management plans of protected areas, KNP through the financial and technical support of PSMNR-SWR had initiated the process of revising its management and business plans in 2016. Local consultations (2016); sub-divisional, divisional and regional validation (2017) meetings had been realised respectively.
Though technical presentations, participants were brought up to speed on the challenged KNP faces due to human pressure on the Park’s resources. Local communities particularly in and around the park rely on its resources to satisfy their basic needs; hence, activities such as hunting, encroachment, unsustainable collection of Non-Timber Forest Products (NTFPs) and water poisoning negatively affect the park. read more
Given the national and international importance of the KNP in terms of biodiversity conservation, climate change mitigation and socio-economic development, the stakeholders of KNP are determined to reverse the paradigm and work towards a positive change for the mutual benefit of the park and the adjacent communities.
It is within this framework that the KNP management together with stakeholders in the national validation workshop resolved to validate the revised management plan of KNP with its vision, objectives, zoning plan, management programmes and activities as well as the business plan.
Stakeholders also recommended that the revised management and business plans should be submitted to hierarchy for approval and subsequent implementation.
KNP has 32 target villages (5 inside and 27 outside the park) that have been divided into 6 clusters (A, B, C, D, E &F) for management purposes. The clusters are spread in 4 sub divisions (Mundemba, Toko, Eyumojock & Nguti) and in 3 divisions (Ndian, Manyu & Kupe-Manengouba) in the South West Region of Cameroon. It covers an area of 1,259 km2 and a larger chunk of it is found in Mundemba and Toko Sub-Divisions, in Ndian Division, with a smaller portion in Eyumojock Sub-Division in Manyu Division. Nguti sub-division in Kupe-Manengouba Division is involved because one of the KNP target villages (Baro) is in Nguti Sub-Division. The KNP is contiguous with the Cross River National Park (Oban Division) in Nigeria, and separated only by the Korup River. The Oban and Korup National Parks protect more than 4,000km2 of mainly lowland rainforest.