Biodiscovery case in Cameroon
Sharing benefits from the bottom up and improving the livelihoods of the local communities.
Echinops giganteus and Mondia whitei are popular plants species found only in three specific regions in Cameroon. They are traditionally used by the Magha-Bamumbu villagers, for food and medicines due to their properties and characteristics.
In order to enhance the biodiversity conservation in the country and to strengthen the stewardship and rights of indigenous peoples and local communities, the project “A bottom-up approach to ABS: Community level capacity development for successful engagement in ABS value chains in Cameroon” was created.
The objective of this project, implemented by UNDP, financed by the GEF, and supported by the ABS Capacity Development Initiative, is to build capacities at national and local levels to develop specific value chains for Echinops giganteus and Mondia whitei plants, that are compliant with the ABS principles.
In 2015 The Magha-Bamumbu community signed a memorandum of understanding with V. Mane, which included PIC and MAT for research and development of these plants. This alliance has enabled Magha-Bamumbu villagers to generate secure income as well as it has also improved their livelihoods.
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