Activities of TroPEG Cameroon

Tuesday, 24 March 2015

Tree Planting at TroPEG Analog Forestry Demonstration Site

Involving kids in tree planting is a first step in making our planet green

This is my Sri Lanka trees!!!
Watch Below for the catching moment!!!

TroPEG's Analogue Forestry Demonstration 
site before Land preparation
TroPEG's Analogue Forestry Demonstration 
site after Land preparation
August 2014 was my second international trip out of my country Cameroon and first out of the African continent. It’s no regret at all that I was part of this great expedition in a great country Sri Lanka. During this trip we had seed exchange activity with our international friends at Belipola Centre, Sri Lanka. I came back with so much enthusiasm; determine to get more involved in conservation by playing key role. These involve designing TroPEG’s first demonstration site at Diongo Village, training others on conservation techniques creating awareness on the reality of climate change. 

Kid active in transportation of seedlings

Learning from the experience of a senior researcher and front liner in the action of Conservation (Dr Ranil S.), we in TroPEG think a little way we can impact our community is creating Analogue Forestry demonstration plots. 

Analogue Forestry is a forestry technique that is holistic in it approach and so considers trees within forest ecosystem to be one component (1%) and that for forest to have full capacity we need to consider other life forms (99%). Also planting trees is just a first step in restoring a degraded forest and for it to have it full beauty and capacity we have to allow nature to self-complicate (by this we mean allowing other life forms within the community to express the complexity of real pristine forest vegetation). 

It is in this backdrop that we thought it wise to start planting our first international trees in our demonstration site in Diongo village few kilometres from Kumba, Cameroon.

Kid transporting seedling

Kid filling ground on planted seedling
Going back to historical time 5 decades or more behind, our parent use to plant trees; a sign of continuity for the long tree planting tradition established by the early man (i.e. domesticating useful plants around settlement area). These always permitted them to harvest from trees they planted and in addition have useful trees beside settlements. Today the case seems different as young people in my generation are gradually loosing this tree planting ability. This could partially be attributed to their mind set owing to the reality of today. 

Kid planting Inga edulis 

People think going urban means void of trees and forest, some have completely lose patience in long term achievements, everyone is going fast hence they think planting a tree that you can only enjoy fruits 5 years later is a waste of time. We should remember that most of the fruit trees we enjoy today around us were planted by our great grandparents. If we do not teach these digital age kids to plant, it’s going to be worst in the future, hence let start earth greening with kids alongside. In our tree planting in March 2015 included exciting kids who wanted to be part of the planting exercise in our Demonstration site. 

TroPEG member planting Inga edulis

Joint participation during tree planting exercise

Joint participation during tree planting exercise

Friday, 10 October 2014

Field operations of TroPEG Survey team

Tropical Plant Exploration Group (TroPEG) - Cameroon

Field Operations

Field plot establishment during survey in Savannah Wood land forest in the North West Region of Cameroon, precisely in the locality of Mbembe

TroPEG survey team pressing collected plant specimen to be taken to Herbarium for more investigation on the species.

TroPEG survey team pressing collected plant specimen to be taken to Herbarium for more investigation on the species.