CERCO‐NEWS VOLUME 2, ISSUE 12 D E C 2 0 1 0 INSIDE THIS ISSUE: Begin with end in 1 Begin with the end in mind mind On Jan 1st 2011, we will that take multiple years to of the Plan’s release, we can From the 2 publish CERCOPAN’s 2011‐ come to fruition. say that a critical strategic Director 2016 Strategic Plan. You will And in our case, we also element of the Plan involves find the document on our must address the reality that an alliance with the Bottled mischief 2 web site www.cercopan.org key members of our University of Calabar immediately the New Year organisation, especially our (UNICAL). begins, and it will lay out the international volunteers, will Presently our captive Appointment 2 programme for all in our only be with us for 2‐3 years, care primates are housed on 1/1/11 organisation (and its support so we have to provide a rented premises, and with network) on a long‐term ground plan that survives our growth over the years Sowing the seeds 3 basis. the incumbents of particular we are at full capacity, with of change The need for a Strategic positions. no recourse to address Plan, while important to any The Strategic Plan not future intakes. Furthermore, Slow food 4 organisation, is even more only establishes the Goals economic growth in Calabar necessary in our we need to achieve for the is putting pressure on the circumstances. While most next 5 years to steer land to be used for business in a company gets decision‐making within the alternative purposes, so we A sweet way to 4 done on a day‐to‐day basis organisation so that it is face the constant spectre of earn a living dealing with short‐term always pointed in a uniform eviction. issues, meaning that focus direction, but it also gives Land donated by UNICAL Our man in 5 on consistent themes credence to those who will readily accommodate Havana provides efficiency and provide funds for our work. our needs, and a planned effectiveness, for us it is Often when we make educational partnership with especially vital that we know grant applications, we are the University will be the Back at the 5 where we are heading, since asked about sustainability cornerstone of a drive to double in the conservation world for the future. How will the build capacity within Cross we are dealing with issues successes from one year of River State to manage its Want to be a part 6 funding play out into globally significant of it ? the future? Will the environmental treasures. work die once the funds The move, long‐planned, are spent? will have to be conducted in The answer is that one stages, given the nature of year of funding will project‐based funding that Our Strategic Plan contribute vitally, we remain reliant on. The document encom‐ precisely because the threat of being moved from passing Strategies donation is directed at a our present site is very real component of a and acute, and we urgently and Goals for the programme, and not a seek donations, support, next 5 years one‐off event. That contacts, and leads for argument becomes funding mechanisms to be abundantly clear once able to take the first steps of you have a Strategic securing the site. Please see Plan in view. the back page for points of Without giving too contact if you are able to much away in advance help
PAGE 2 From the Director For my friends who They are about the size cease to charge my have never visited Nigeria, of a small rat and make a imagination. my life is a constant source very popular dish across I’m not sure yet what of amusement. Even with the country. They also new story the Christmas three sources of provide an excellent season will bring me to electricity, I am usually source of protein in rural keep my friends’ spirits up, without, but when one is communities that can but in wishing you, our on I can get electrocuted substitute for bush‐meat. supporters, all the very by touching fruit! They Once you have the back‐ best at this time of year, I don’t realise that these ground it all makes sense! can only hope that some things are quite normal. Mysterious tales of of you have as much fun as The concept of ‘black magic’ Juju can I know I will in the coming Claire Coulson teaching women in a frequently confound and weeks. CERCOPAN remote village to farm bemuse new visitors to And in celebrating the Director snails (see below) might Nigeria. But with careful New Year please take our seem to fall into the same research and explanation tip for your resolutions category if you’ve only (see our article on the further down on this page! ever eaten snails as penultimate page), these ‘escargot’ in a fine French practices can be a restaurant. But no, the fascinating source of snails here, like many interest, and long chats things, are different. with my staff here never Would you like a groom? Bottled mischief This month saw the for her to recover and now often flip suddenly onto arrival of another she is full of spirit and a her back for a belly rub if orphaned monkey. little obsessed with any people are around. Whisky is an 18 grooming herself, being The ever growing month old female groomed and grooming crèche is now up to seven mona monkey. anything with a pulse. youngsters. We teamed She arrived with She is absolutely full of her up with Casper, rope wounds energy and mischief and Chelsea, Flexi and Bingo, around her waist spends her days bouncing as newbies Cranny and and was very thin around her enclosure (and Ekun were finding her and dirty. the office whenever she persistent grooming a little It didn’t take long gets a chance) but will bit full on! Appointment 1/1/11 Thinking ahead to a with all your friends, and and your totals raised are “The new you fresh start in the new you’ll be raising money all taken care of by the is only a few clicks year? Will it finally be the for charity at the same website. time when you kick that time. With your friends away!” habit, or is it that you There are many committed to your cause, need to kick yourself so websites that help you how can you not be? that you get back into quickly build your If you go to both shape at last? fundraising page. Then www.justgiving.com and Well an excellent way you just choose your www.everyclick.com you’ll to make your New Year’s charity, and share your find CERCOPAN already resolutions easier to keep page with your friends. registered. The new you is is to go public on them Your friends’ donations only a few clicks away!
VOLUME 2, ISSUE 12 PAGE 3 Sowing the seeds of change CERCOPAN’s forest site, Rhoko, has played host again to students from community schools in four Young visitors from the villages this year. Visitors village of Owai at the from Owai, Iko Esai, Agoi end of the Nature Trail and Iko Ekperem all came at various times to our camp to listen and learn about forest conservation and to visit our monkey inhabitants. While we also routinely visit the schools themselves to give conservation education talks, the visits to medicinal plants. These counts well below the level the forest provide a much products will be available where they could possibly more formative experience for ever, provided they are be hunted in any for individuals. The not over‐harvested, and the sustainable way, we can Education Centre, our semi‐ eco‐system is not stress the critical free Red‐capped mangabeys irreparably damaged. importance of imposing a “Perhaps the most and a nature trail through By comparing Rhoko ban on hunting monkeys, the forest allow us to bring forest visually to the and working to reintroduce important concept home the benefits of forest immediately surrounding groups back into the wild to we can get across conservation with much degraded neighbourhood, restore natural population to these young greater impact. we can point out why levels. Perhaps the most community agreements These efforts not only minds is that of important concept we can such as a total ban on guarantee the species’ sustainable get across to these young logging, barring outsiders survival, but benefit the minds is that of sustainable from gathering NTFP general health of the forest management of management of their products, and farm zoning as well. their forests” forests. will allow sustainable future The schools day‐out All of these school‐ use of the forest. programme is a continuing children understand full well Our staff also work with success story, as young how vital the forest is to the students to explain how generations learn about the their families as a provider the forest is a totality of importance of forest of income from Non‐Timber diverse inter‐dependent conservation and spread the Forest Products (NTFP), e.g. species. word throughout their cane rope, afang, and With monkey species’ communities. Iko Esai school‐children in front of the Education Centre at Rhoko
PAGE 4 Slow food This month CERCOPAN very good source of income Snails can lay up to 1,200 invited Concern Universal, that does not require a lot eggs in a year, and with the an NGO based in Calabar, to of time or money, and can proper care all of these eggs come to Agoi Ibami to train be done on a group or can survive to maturity to a group of men and women individual basis. lay eggs themselves. Snail on how to farm the African Nine people attended meat is very healthy and Giant snail. this first training session provides a good source of Snail farming can be a and all plan to start their protein for all the family. own small snail The group members plan farm with to build their own small assistance from individual snail houses, and CERCOPAN. The breed snails for sale in local Classroom training was markets where they are not training on very interactive commonly available to buy. snail farming and included Many people enjoy the information on sweet meat of snails and the how to breed, group all believe that this manage and small business will help sell snail meat them to support their for the best families and improve their profit. lives. A sweet way to earn a living In the build up to The beekeeping group in Christmas, the prices in Iko the village have just Esai’s market have been harvested four litres of rising. Whilst this would honey from one of the usually be cause for beehives provided by complaint, this month there CERCOPAN, and believe are quite a few people in they can make a bumper the village who are pleased profit due to the season. by the turn of events Not only is the honey itself More beehives under construction because as a result of useful, beeswax from the CECOPAN’s efforts in the honeycombs can be used to women have to become community they have goods treat wood, including the m o r e f i n a n c i a l l y to sell. new hives that are being independent. constructed by a local Whilst bee‐keeping is carpenter for the group. relatively inexpensive, there When we organised a are real costs involved for workshop to increase the wood and carpentry work number of people in the Nevertheless, the demand community benefiting from for honey in the community beekeeping, over 15 young far exceeds the available women indicated interest. supply, and we expect that They will be provided with with the provision of eight Joy Ekpe group hives once the more beehives, the group with the first training is completed. The will be able to build their harvest income from beekeeping business to the level that it can be substantial and it is can fund its own future one of the few means young expansion.
VOLUME 2, ISSUE 12 PAGE 5 Our man in Havana When it comes to years studying the Cross River holidaying in Africa, the Ékpè culture and its influence Osam revealing numbers show that the in the Americas, in particular the Cuban con‐ preferred destinations are on the Cuban Abakuá culture. nection Morroco, Egypt, Kenya and He visited Rhoko recently to South Africa. So you might further his research. expect that cultural During his visit to our site, influence on the rest of the Dr Miller interviewed one of world from Nigeria, since it our patrol staff, Osam, about is much less visited, would his experiences with Ékpè. The be rather low. Ékpè society, highly secretive, But this is not the case. is very intertwined with the The Nigerian diaspora country’s belief in Juju – a caused by the slave trade type of magic and spirit belief. means that long‐standing Osam comes from a family beliefs and practices west of with strong Juju ties and many the Atlantic from Brazil to of his forefathers (and some and filmed by Dr. Miller but he, Cuba can be tied back to of his current family) were and the rest of us at “….long‐ deep‐rooted Nigerian Juju practitioners. Osam’s CERCOPAN, are pleased that cultural traditions. stories of past events have Osam could be such help, and standing beliefs Dr. Ivor Miller from the always been a highlight to we are looking forward to and practices African Studies Center in volunteers and visitors passing reading Dr. Miller’s study upon west of the Boston University and also through, and offer excellent completion. Atlantic from working in the Department insight into the ways of the If you are interested in Brazil to Cuba of History for the University Ékpè culture. finding out more, check out of Calabar, has been in Osam was surprised to http://afrocubaweb.com/ can be tied back Nigeria now for several find his interview recorded ivormiller/ivormiller.htm to deep‐rooted Nigerian cultural traditions” Back at the double Tjark Plat, a short‐term enough e n c l o s u r e volunteer originally from construction and maintenance the Netherlands returned to jobs to keep him very busy Nigeria this month for the during his time here. first time in ten years. In Another second‐time 2000 he spent three months volunteer, Joe Brophy, is also working at CERCOPAN back in‐country. Joe was here building Rhoko Camp, and in the early summer offering from there he became the his amazing tree‐climbing Site Maintenance Manager skills at our service. and later Facilities Manager Joe is also no ordinary at Wild Futures, a primate handyman himself, and we sanctuary in the U.K. took full advantage of those At Wild Futures Tjark is capabilities last time around. responsible for the design But on this visit, we are researchers. Tjark (left) already and construction of monkey hoping that Joe can spend For example, many butterfly hands‐on after a territory, along with overall more time in the canopy on species are confined to living site maintenance. A perfect the end of a rope. within a few tens of metres of 10 year gap fit for our needs! There is a lot more to learn ants nests built high up on tree We are delighted that he about the ecology of the trunks. And our understanding has decided to return for canopy, and now we have a of the feeding ecology of our two months to volunteer his rare chance to gather new monkey species will benefit skills and expertise for us, data that is normally from gathering samples from and we already have unavailable to o u r the levels where they forage.