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Registration Card - SECU0008

    Project Name: Integrated and Transboundary Conservation of Biodiversity in the Basins of the Republic of Cameroon
    Date Complaint Filed:  Thursday, August 2, 2018
    Date Complaint Registered:  Friday, August 10, 2018
    Project Description: 
    Cameroon’s rich species abundance has made it one of the world’s biodiversity hotspots; it ranks fifth in Africa for fauna and fourth for flora diversity. Bush meat and ivory poaching significantly threaten the biodiversity of this ecoregion. The project will focus on the portion of the Tri-national Dja-Odzala-Minkebe transboundary area found in Cameroon, an area that is richly endowed with around 191 species of large mammals including elephants, gorillas, and chimpanzees. The landscape is one of Africa’s elephant poaching hotspots. Local ivory prices have increased tenfold since 2005 and provide huge incentives for well-established criminal networks and local poachers. The objective of this project is to strengthen the conservation of globally threatened species in Cameroon by improving biodiversity enforcement, resilience, and management with a key focus on the portion of the Tri-national Dja-Odzala-Minkebe transboundary area. The objective will be achieved through implementation of four interconnected components: (1) strengthening capacity for Protected Area (PA) governance and IWT control, (2) improving management of globally significant PAs by national and local institutions, (3) reducing poaching and illegal trafficking of threatened species at the project site, and (4) knowledge management.
    Requestor(s): Individuals of the Baka People
    Synopsis of Complaint:
    The complainants claim they are being illegally evicted from their forest lands, both inside and outside formally “protected areas", that they did not go through a proper consultation/FPIC process, and that the UNDP project would violate their human rights. "Nki National Park was created in 2005 and ever since we have lost the forest that our ancestors left us. We cannot go hunting safely, or climb trees to gather honey, or dig for wild yams or collect our medicinal plants. The wildlife guards have abused us, beaten us and tortured us for more than 10 years. We are told that international law and the OECD guidelines say that our free, prior and informed consent is required for these projects. We have not accepted these projects that are ruining our lives. We ask all those who are funding these projects to come and hear our suffering and seek our consent."
    News and Updates:
    Project Details
    Atlas/Project #
    Project Risk Category
    Implementing Partner
    • Government Entity – Ministry - Ministry of Forestry and Wildlife
    Financial Information
    • GEF Trust Fund: USD 3,907,500
    • Total Budget Administered by UNDP: USD 3,907,500
    • Parallel Co-Financing
    • Government: USD 8,500,000
    • ZSL: USD 3,757,781
    • IUCN: USD 8,000.000
    • WWF: USD 5,000.000
    • AWF: USD 400,000
    • UNESCO: USD 125,000
    • TOTAL Co-financing: USD 25,782,781
    • Grand-total Project Financing: USD 29, 690, 281
    Cameroon, Republic of