Cameroon Tribune (Yaoundé)

Cameroon: South West : Experts Explore Bimbia Forest

-The mangrove=rich Bimbia forest of Limbe West coast played host to an international workshop recently.

Environmental experts from Burundi, Central African Republic, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Madagascar, Nigeria and Cameroon spent 18 days last May at Camp Saker (Bimbia) in research of methods to halt deforestation and instil gainful use of ecology.

Organised under the auspices of the Central African Regional Program for the environment (CARPE), 25 experts stretched their intellect and shared experiences on the profitable management of natural resources pertaining to the ecology.

The Senior Divisional Officer for Fako chaired the opening of the workshop and expressed hope that results would be gainful to mankind as a whole as well as benefit Cameroon. The Administrator underscored the need for ecological education at a time when the fauna and flora were under threat of extinction.

Addaptive Approach For Research in landscape Management was the theme of the workshop which drove participants to field experiences in the Bimbia mangrove forest, intensive lectures from experts like Jeannie Raharimampionona of the Missouri Botanical Garden (Madagascar). Other topics included bird sampling, reptile and amphibian diversity, endemism and survey techniques, primate and large mammals survey methods and a trip to the Limbe botanical Garden.

The Smithsonian Institute, the Forest Resources and People (FOREP), MBG, People Earthwide Shey Benjamin Serkfem joined CARPE to ensure the success of the workshop. A major challenge of the course though brilliantly overcome, Terry Sunderland explained, was to manage its trilingual nature including French, English and Spanish participants.

It was the third Workshop in the series since 2004 alternated between Gabon and Cameroon to improve on the conservation of the regional ecology . The choice of Limbe as Balinga Michael explained, was to steer clear of city distractions and foster a better concentration for the participants. Equally, Bimbia offerred an ideal cadre for the researchers experiments.

Participants parted with the resolve to uphold environmental preservation as well as vulgarize gainful exploitation of natural resources.

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