Cameroon Gender and Environment Watch (CAMGEW) is a not-for-profit organization created in October 2007 with authorization number N° 000998/RDA/JO6/BAPP to look for solutions to environmental and women’s issues in Cameroon. CAMGEW works locally and thinks globally, integrating gender in solving environmental problems in Cameroon.
CAMGEW believes that the future of our mother planet-earth is in the hands of men and women, young and old and also that this planet can be sustained by putting social and environmental justice at the centre of development.
Who are we?
An inclusive and sustainably managed Kilum-Ijim forest through forest regeneration and agroforestry for eco-business.
|– Local government actors supported and citizens’ engagement promoted to ensure effective management of the Kilum-Ijim Forest.
– Eco-business operators in Kilum-Ijim Forest area master the techniques of production to produce good quality and sufficient quantity for the market.
– Eco-business operators have adequate capacity and have increased revenue through the commercialisation of their products.
– Women in Kilum-Ijim are empowered& participate in forest management & community development.
– CAMGEW will have developed projects and sought funds to handle challenges in the Kilum-Ijim area and develop a good system to manage funds.
– CAMGEW will work with like-minded organizations and people to share knowledge, experiences on forest local governance issues and learn from them.
- from 2012 to 2018 CAMGEW planted 75.000 bee loving trees in the Kilum-Ijim forest and trained 1.018 bee farmers in honey production, honey and its products, quality control and bees wax extraction
- She has also distributed above 895 beehives to trained bee farmers and organized above 1000 bee farmers into 5 Oku White Honey cooperatives located around this forest.
- She created a CAMGEW-HONEYSHOP in Bamenda to convert bee farmers honey to money
- 18 youths were trained in 2018 on entrepreneurship in honey value chain development for 3 weeks and are now active in the honey value chain
- CAMGEW has succeeded to create a Forest multi-stakeholder plateform to exchange ideas on forest issues and assist in decision making to conserve the forest.
- 7 Forest Management Institutions (FMIs) in Kilum forest that manages community forest have been reorganized by CAMGEW with local authorities after more than 10 years that their terms of offices ended. 772 farmers have also been trained on agroforestry techniques.
- As of December 2018 about 1580 women had been trained on business skills and 1325 women received financial assistance in form of loans about US$ 5500 monthly as alternative sources of livelihood to the forest
- 24 teenage boys and girls had been trained on dress making, shoe making and hair dressing. She has also developed 3 tree nurseries with 100.000 trees.
- She is working hard now to develop the honey value chain in and around Kilum-Ijim