Groupe d'Initiative Commune des éleveurs de la Communauté Itoh (Grupo de Iniciativa Común de los Pastores de la Comunidad de Itoh)

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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 Premio Ecuatorial 2004

 África subsahariana

 Conservación de la biodiversidad

 Ecoagricultura y seguridad alimentaria

 Silvicultura sostenible

 Adaptación comunitaria al cambio climático

 Gestión de zonas áridas



Información de contacto

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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