Mount Nganha, located about 50 km east of Ngaoundere and seated at the highest point of the Adamawa Plateau, is a remote, poorly accessible mountainous region with very little known about its herpetofauna. Despite its remote location, sedentary pastoralists in small, dispersed communities make their living moving livestock amongst different pastures. There are numerous gallery forests in small valleys at the site, while the grassland is managed as pasture and frequently burned to renew grass for livestock, especially during the dry season. This project will help in setting a list of biodiversity indicators that can be used for monitoring the community forestry activities and their impact on the forest around Mount Nganha.
Species with a restricted range known to reside in this region and neighboring sites include: the Nganha Night Frog (Astylosternus nganhanus) (CR) and the Somber Toad (Amietophrynus funereus). It has been noted that the latter species might be a synonym to Villiers’ Toad (Amietophrynus villiersi) (EN), documented elsewhere on the Cameroon Highlands. Given the scarce information about this area, further research is needed for the site’s amphibians.
The key partner at this site will be the Cameroonian Government through the Ministry of Forestry and Department of Wildlife and Protected Areas (MINFOF-DFAP) in collaboration with Dr. Gonwouo Nono LeGrand of Cameroon Herpetology-Conservation Biology Foundation (CAMHERP-CBF). Other sub-groups will include Fulani herdsmen with livestock, hunters, medicine collectors and fuel wood gatherers.
This project will involve local communities in decision-making and practical action for the management and protection of Mt. Nganha, and will foster their partnership with government and NGOs for biodiversity conservation needs. Another goal is to improve the capacity for the sustainable management of resources by those communities living in and around Mt. Nganha to reduce the incidence of illegal and unsustainable exploitation of resources.
• Practical conservation action around Mt. Nganha involving partnerships among local communities, government and NGOs.
• Identification of all land use practices around Mt. Nganha while mapping all forest patches and streams where endemic amphibians have been documented and highlighted by signs.
• Capacity building and training of all local stakeholders for participatory, community-oriented approaches to conservation.
• Dissemination of key messages from projects through informational signs at amphibian habitat hotspots, brochures, reports, media, and newspaper articles.
• Development of a website for the project to highlight project activities with key documents and outputs available online.
This project will result in the identification of mitigation measures that will reduce identified negative impacts on the Mt. Nganha forest. This will be done through a participatory approach manner because the local people at the site use the forest on a daily basis. The project will also update a management plan that contains information about the local community around Mt. Nganha, as well as the legal entity regarding community forest management. It is expected to result in updating the present knowledge of the herpetofauna of Mt. Nganha, a tool for developing sound conservation measures at the site. Montane forests will be conserved and more sustainably managed through conservation measures undertaken at priority sites around Mt. Nganha. A montane forest site with protected status will be achieved, including legislation, boundary demarcation and development of a management plan that involves the participation of local stakeholders. NGOs, government staff, and local communities will have increased capacity for planning, management, community approaches, protection, monitoring, and making a positive contribution towards the conservation of montane forest. Awareness will be raised for the general public and the international conservation community on project activities and ongoing conservation measures.
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