CERCO‐NEWS VOLUME 4, ISSUE 2 F E B R U A R Y 2 0 1 2 INSIDE THIS ISSUE: Iko Esai United for Conservation Iko Esai United 1 for Conservation From the 2 Last year, August 2011, implemented the market day, attended by Director CERCOPAN Education Community for Primate several hundred villagers, Officer Abakum Owai Conservation programme including the village Computer 2 training Owai attended the Pan African in our host village Iko Esai. Chiefs. They also made a Sanctuary Alliance (PASA) He has been assisted by poster on Primate Tusk Trust 2 annual Education Daniel Roper‐Jones, a Conservation. The Chiefs Workshop in Uganda. volunteer from the United have requested for this New year, new 3 States. poster to be put in the beginnings! Here, amongst many town square on a other activities, Abakum Together, they have permanent display. Growing trees 4 and the other participants succeeded to organise a were instructed on a Pan‐ conservation group of The final activity, a African educational over fifty students. The village clean‐up, is REDD+ in Iko Esai 4 programme, organised conservation group called scheduled for next month. jointly by PASA and themselves “The United After this, Abakum will CBO registration 5 Disney’s Animal Programs Group for Conservation”, analyse pre– and post and Environmental and over the course of education questionnaires, Initiatives , which was to weeks learned about filled out by all Welcome 5 be implemented in each primates, the rainforest, participants, to assess the Laetitia! member sanctuary’s and what they can do to effectiveness of the respective communities. protect them. The group programme. We will Want to be a part 6 of it ? furthermore carried out continue organising Over the past months, an educational activities for the Abakum has successfully performance on Iko Esai’s conservation group. Well done Abakum and Daniel, for educating the The United Group for future Conservation generation of Iko Esai on the importance of primate conservation!
PAGE 2 From the Director As you have read in This year will be an for over a decade, has the C E R C O ‐N E W S exciting year, both for been a remarkable January 2012 edition, me personally and for experience. Claire has left the orga nisation. As you will see in this CERCOPAN after five Obviously, moving to CERCO‐NEWS edition, a years, and has accepted Nigeria is an exciting lot is happening at the position as event in itself. While it is CERCOPAN. And we Chairman of the difficult to prepare have many more plans Nicolien Schoneveld CERCOPAN Board of yourself for Nigeria, a for the months to CERCOPAN Trustees. country incomparable come… but let’s not get Director All the CERCOPAN to any other, the warm ahead of ourselves. The staff wish Claire all the reception of the milestones in this best in her new CERCOPAN staff makes month are a cause for adventures, and we are everything easy! Being a celebration! very grateful she will part of this group of still be part of the dedicated people, many CERCOPAN team! working for CERCOPAN Computer training Owai CERC OPAN has word processing and documents. It increases provided t h e Microsoft Excel. Two their ability to connect community based representatives from with external groups organisation (CBO) of the CBO received such as government Owai with a computer additional, m o r e agencies or NGOs. and a printer. intensive, training. The group looks C o m m u n i t y Mastering basic forward to applying for Conservation Manager computer skills means grants and hopes to BenJee Cascio gave the CBO can apply for bring projects to help three computer training funds, and keep digital the community in the Computer training with classes to teach basic record of their minutes near future! CERCOPAN’s BenJee computer usage, such as and other supporting Tusk Trust We received good patrols of t h e logging trucks from news this month: Tusk CERCOPAN core area passing, but allow loaded Trust has decided once and the larger motorbikes through. again to sponsor our community forest. With the arrival of activities this year! Also this month, we NTFP coordinator Chris, We are very grateful installed a road barrier we are well prepared to for their support, which funded by IUCN France protect the forest and will enable us to and BBC Wildlife Fund, wildlife from illegal intensify the forest which will prevent activities! Road barrier
VOLUME 4, ISSUE 2 PAGE 3 New year, new beginnings At Rhoko, there are covering education, in protected areas. numerous activities and primate research and Chris will also capacity projects planned for 2012 reintroduction, non‐ build and train the patrol – this is going to be a timber forest products staff on mapping, GPS good year! Two new (NTFP) collection, and use, and species volunteer huts have construction. CERCOPAN i d e n t i f i c a t i o n . recently been completed is looking forward to Watch this space (courtesy of Tusk Trust) 2012 and relishing new for more news on and the volunteer projects a n d Chris’s forest showers have been opportunities to advance excursions. upgraded. The solar and p r o m o t e power supply at camp conservation. Chris, from the has been improved and UK, has a BSc in International and additional solar panels Geography and an national researchers are have been installed at the MSc in International expected at Rhoko in the large open‐topped rural development. coming months to mangabey enclosure to Previously, Chris conduct their fieldwork power the electric fence. worked for several which encompasses a community based Chris Hamley, our NTFP At the mangabey area, range of diverse topics conservation NGOs in Coordinator new bridges are being and species. Belize, focusing on constructed which will In February, Rhoko biodiversity monitoring enhance the mangabey camp welcomed Chris and protected area viewing experience, and Hamley as its NTFP planning. with roofs, these Coordinator. This newly structures will be We are looking created position focuses indispensable during the forward to working with on expanding current wet season. Chris and integrating him research on long term into the Rhoko volunteer This year there will be use and sustainability of team – we are sure he volunteer coordinators forest product collection will fit right in! The Rhoko team!
PAGE 4 Growing trees CERCOPAN has made become the weekly the buffer zone around significant advances in meeting place for their our Core Area. the development of Conservation Club. Training is ongoing our tree nursery at the CERCOPAN h a s with the students in secondary school in Iko reached 3,000 planted preparation for the Esai, funded by BBC seeds representing six upcoming handover of Wildlife Fund. different species, and the nursery site into the Starting to grow! We have renovated many of the seeds are schools management. our five new shade beds. beginning to germinate. The outdoor classroom is Seed collection is finished, complete with ongoing, and the forest chalkboard and benches. species raised by the The classroom has already school will eventually be been used on several purchased back by occasions by the schools CERCOPAN for our biology teacher, and has reforestation efforts in Working in the nursery REDD+ in Iko Esai This month, we were community where Mr. with what he saw in Iko honoured to receive the Arikpo Arikpo and Mr. Esai, and he would relay Norwegian councilor for Rider facilitated a this information to the Environmental and meeting with members of ambassador and his Climate Change, Mr. the Iko Esai community country’s R E D D Rider, accompanied by to discuss the REDD programme officers. The Mr. Arikpo Arikpo, Cross carbon credit pilot Chiefs of Iko Esai River State commissioner project. Iko Esai was expressed t h e i r of Forestry, in represented by the dedication t o Iko Esai village Chiefs’ council, CBO conservation and their and Rhoko chairman, y o u t h excitement a b o u t camp. president and about 50 participating in the REDD The delegation other p r o m i n e n t programme. first visited c o m m u n i t y CERCOPAN is proud to C E R C O P A N ’ s representatives. be the facilitator for the forest camp to Mr. Arikpo explained REDD activities in Iko b e t t e r the goals of the REDD Esai, and pleased to see understand the project and urged the that the village’s organisation and its community to continue commitment i s BenJee with the activities. working towards forest recognised b y delegation The group then preservation. Mr. Rider international a n d moved to Iko Esai stated he was pleased national delegations.
VOLUME 4, ISSUE 2 PAGE 5 CBO registration Since June last year, CBOs filled out registration programmes and trainings CERCOPAN has been forms, submitted their for their CBO. working with the constitutions and paid the As a last step, Mr Simon communities of Owai and registration fee . Mr. Simon then visited the villages of Agoi Ibami to facilitate spoke to the chairman of Owai and Agoi Obami, the start‐up of a each CBO about the role of where the CBOs were put community B a s e d a CBO and asked them through a screening Organisation (CBO) in various questions about including a c c o u n t i n g each village. aspects of t h e i r procedures and bank After several meetings constitution to make sure statements. We are proud to and w o r k s h o p s , everyone understood the say that Mr representatives of the purpose and content. Simon was CBOs came to Calabar to T h e C B O impressed with start the official representatives also both CBOs, and registration process. received some advice on the villages CERCOPAN facilitated the contacts a n d expect t o a meeting with Mr. Simon opportunities available receive their of the Ministry of Youths through the Ministry of o f f i c i a l and Sports to officially Youth and Sports and were r e g i s t r a t i o n register the CBOs with encouraged to remain forms in early the government. The active in attracting March. CBO Inspection Agoi Welcome Laetitia! In early January, Amy Manager. She will be coordinator, and then the Rose Baxter, the responsible for the smooth new CERCOPAN team in Sanctuary Manager, left operations and day‐to‐day Calabar will be complete. after three years working running of the CERCOPAN for CERCOPAN. She will activities in Calabar. be missed, but lucky for Laetitia has a degree in us, she is still very much Agriculture & Environment, involved with the and research experience in organisation. the United States and She has accepted a South Africa. Furthermore, position on the she has been a volunteer in CERCOPAN Board of several rehabilitation Trustees, and continues centres in South Africa and to support us from her Costa Rica. base in the UK. We welcome Laetitia to Laetitia Coret has the CERCOPAN team! We taken over Amy’s are still awaiting the arrival position as Sanctuary of our construction Laetitia at CERCOPAN