Tree Planting & Reforestation Volunteer Program, Cameroon

Volunteers Cameroon Mt Cameroon

18
1-10
English, French

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Overview

The program provides international participants with the opportunity to gain firsthand experience in agro-forestry, tree planting and reforestation, with focus on the Western Cameroon Highlands. The program brings together international volunteers on a regular basis to construct nurseries both with schools and communities, transplanting trees to degraded forest sites and train communities on agro-forestry techniques. Some of the activities are season oriented.

Activities

The Tree Planting & Reforestation Volunteer Program has five main components:

  • Nursery site identification: a survey of schools, individuals and farming groups interested in tree planting is conducted at the beginning of the year. This survey is carried out in close collaboration with schools/ farming groups in Western Cameroon.
  • Tree nursery establishment: this is conducted in schools and communities. Tree nurseries are best established in the months of February and March. During the establishment of nursery, schools and communities involved are trained on nursery design, construction and management. Prior to the nursing of seeds, seeds are treated, a shade and fence is constructed. A bare-stem nursery is jointly prepared by the locals, staff and volunteers.
  • Education on Agro-forestry techniques: this is conducted in school and communities throughout the year. The education is focused on the importance of agro-forestry and tree planting, training on agro-forestry techniques, and characteristics of agro-forestry seeds.
  • Tree transplanting: begins three months after nursery establishment which marks the starts of the raining season, therefore transplanting is done in the months of April, May, June, July, and August. During transplanting locals are assisted by staff and volunteers. Trees are transplanted meeting the environmental needs of the community.
  • Monitoring and evaluation of tree planting projects: a bi-monthly monitoring is effected to access the level of progress of tree planting and reforestation initiatives. Conducted throughout the year.

Highlights

Contributing to reforestation, rehabilitation of degraded forest land and forest conservation; working with local communities; training and assiting local people with tree nursery establishment and management, tree planting activities, local celebrations; visiting primary and secondary schools, assisting with conservation education activities; and of course experiencing life in one of the most special biodiversity hotspot (plants, birds, butterflies!) areas.


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