According to the U.N. FAO, 42.1% or about 19,916,000 ha of Cameroon is forested. Of these forest cover, 18.1% of it or around 4,400,000 ha is lost annually. The main cause of the lost is population increase and over dependency on natural resources for survival. There has been unsustainable exploitation of these resources which is causing significant environmental degradation. Local community members who live close to these resources are found to suffer the most when degradation occurs because they depend solely on these resources for their lives and livelihoods. Meg Wah wants to see a Cameroon where humans live in harmony with nature by empowering youths to become environmental ambassadors and enabling communities to solve problems themselves, through a variety of engagement, policy changes and restoration activities.
What we do.
- Youth leadership training. Our youth leadership training equips them to be effective environmental youth leaders. They work with us in their communities to protect the environment. Each of the youth we train has a desire to act as an environmental ambassador in their respective communities.
- Eco-school. Our Eco-school program introduces young people to the environment in a way which develops understanding, appreciation, wonder and respect. It also fosters their sensitivity to the environment, put them in a global context and helps to develop citizens with an awareness of the need for sustainable use of the world’s natural resources.
- Community intervention programs; Our community intervention program is divided into two. Curative and preventive interventions. The curative intervention looks at water scarcity, deforestation, landscaping, watershed management by working with affected communities to get into the root cause of the problem, identify the solution(s) and mobilize resources to solve the problem. The curative intervention focuses on the use of indigenous seeds, organic farming and permaculture. These agricultural methods are natural, retaining the plant nutrients, making the soil hard, preventing erosion and encouraging the growth of plants. It at the same time contributes to the cycling of water and thus makes the ecosystem of the place much more alive. The new ecosystem full of live will prevent environmental degradation of any sort
- Policy advocacy; We partner with local and International environmental organizations to ensure that developmental projects undergo Environmental impact assessment and involves the community from the planning to the implementation of such projects.