August 18, 2016:

The Regional Delegation of Forestry and Wildlife for the South West (RDFOF-SW) recently launched their 2016 Reforestation Campaign.

The Campaign officially kicked off on the 23rd of June 2016 at RDFOF-SW Conference Hall under the auspices of the Governor of the South West Region represented by the Secretary General of the South West Governor’s Office – Mr. NDIKUM Clement FON. Other participants included RDFOF-SW staff, Mayors of municipal councils and some Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs).

During this year’s campaign, 7 actors benefited from over 70 million FCFA. These actors included 5 Councils (Buea, Kumba I, Kumba III, Mbonge and Bamuso Councils) and 2 NGO’s (ISEFA and NDIMRUG).

The Reforestation Campaign is implemented through the ‘Special Forestry Development Funds” of the Ministry of Forestry and Wildlife. This year, beneficiaries were selected after rigorous evaluation of previous reforestation activities.

“We need to fight the adverse effect of climate change by carrying out this reforestation activity. I therefore call on all beneficiaries to effectively use the funds allocated to them to implement activities in the field. These are public funds and everybody will be held accountable for their use” the Secretary General urged reforestation actors during the launching ceremony.

The Regional Chief of Service for Forestry at RDFOF-SW, Mr. BIDIMA Antoine Georges also presented an overview of the results of the 2014-2015 reforestation activities; which revealed that over 59,000 trees were planted within the region in 2015.

The theme for the 2016 reforestation is “Promote Urban Forestry and Protect Young Trees: A Citizen Contribution to Fight against Climate Change and Deforestation”. Following the theme, forestry stakeholders aim to highlight the importance wood from plantation forests currently play in our daily lives. It calls for nationwide collaboration to realize MINFOF’s vision of a “green Cameroon”.

 

Mourine Enombe

Communication Focal Point

RDFOF-SW