Groupe d’Initiative Commune des éleveurs de la Communauté Itoh (Itoh Community Graziers Common Initiative Group)

Through participatory planning and mapping exercises, the agro-pastoralist Itoh community conserves land around the Kilum mountain forest for grazing and agriculture. This forest fragment had previously been under threat from encroachment for timber harvesting and clearing for agriculture; it is the largest remnant of montane forest in the Bamenda Highlands of Cameroon's Northwest Province. These forests support a high diversity of unique flora and fauna, including two endemic bird species, and provide a range of ecosystem services for the mountain's local population.

Activities have focused on an area reserved for grazing, around which the community's two ethnic groups have collectively planted 30,000 trees to demarcate boundaries, protect local water sources, and provide fodder for livestock. Some of these multipurpose tree species have had medicinal and ethno-veterinary uses, reviving traditional approaches to treating human and animal ailments.


Key Fact

Equator Prize Winner: 2004

Founded: 1992

Location: Itoh, Northwest Region

Beneficiaries: 60 members of the Itoh community

Biodiversity: Reforestation of a 140-ha grazing area


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Contact Information

Mr. Bongnjioh Jerôme Mbah
c/o Oku Area Coopereative Union ltd
P.O. box 71
Kumbo, Northwest Region
Tel.: 237 96 20 52 25


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