|Date||28 Jun 2012|
With widespread poverty the villages (Ngwo, Ekaw, Chikwa, Kenshi, Bantakpa, Alumfa, Ayi and Amassi) around Kagwene Mountain Forest are very vulnerable. The constant struggle with poverty gives pressure on the Kagwane Gorilla Sanctuary with a gradual natural forest loss. This threatens the survival of flagship species, the Cross River gorilla (Gorilla gorilla diehli) classified as Critically Endangered by IUCN’s Red List besides other rare species of flora and fauna. There is the urgent need to support the villages to alleviate poverty while contributing to conservation. Project Goals: (1) Provide the communities a new alternative stream of income through training and support in beekeeping (2) Aiding conservation by education linked to beekeeping.
The project which is in pilot its phase and to run for five months will provide a new stream of income for some villages around Kagwene Mountain forest through training and support in beekeeping practice. It will help in conservation efforts of the gorillas found at the Kagwane Gorilla Sanctuary. This through educating the target communities on conservation issues indicating the clear connection and importance of honey bees for conservation (trees, in pollination and crop production/agriculture). The project will provide self employment, encourage planting of bee loving trees and thus reducing the human pressure on the forest and gorillas. Through this pilot work from small beginnings, destitute people are empowered to plan their own pathways out of poverty while at the same time helping in the conservation of gorilla populations in their natural forests habitat.
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A women taking active participation in hive construction during follow up training.
Christian Tabifor in blue (centre) Giving Field Extension Training to Keen Beneficiaries in the Communities of Kagwene.
Cross Section of Amassi Beekeepers after receipt of more donated beekeeping equipment from BAPESU.