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AWF Gathers Partners in Faro for Conservation Talks

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The African Wildlife Foundation (AWF) will next week hold two regional conferences in northern Cameroon as part of its conservation interventions in the Faro landscape. The International Conference of Transhumance and the Forum for Major Stakeholders will take place in Faro on March 22, 2022 and March 24–25, 2022, respectively.

Organized under the ECOFAC 6 program funded by the European Union, these two events will bring together the Cameroon Conservation Service, transhumant herders, local communities on both sides of the Cameroon-Nigeria border, and other major partners in the Faro landscape to discuss improved relationships among stakeholders and collaborate on the effective management of the Faro National Park and its environs.

One of the main objectives of the ECOFAC 6 program is to manage cross-border transhumance in the Faro-Nigeria Great Block and address the relationship between the management of the Faro National Park and key stakeholders involved in land and resource management in the surrounding territories.

Participants at the transhumance conference, now in its 5th edition, will strive to ensure the improved management of cross-border transhumance flows by providing administrative and traditional authorities with useful information for the adoption of strategic and operational decisions related to herd movements on the periphery of the park. On the other hand, discussions at the Forum for Major Stakeholders will center on the planning, commitment and collaboration of the major actors in the Faro landscape to effectively implement conservation activities for the year 2022.

The Faro Landscape, like other protected areas in northern Cameroon, is threatened by cross-border cattle herding (transhumance), poaching, and other harmful wildlife and environmental practices. With the support of ECOFAC 6, AWF works in close collaboration with diverse partners and stakeholders at all levels to support the Government of Cameroon to protect and manage the Faro National Park, its peripheral areas, and the greater landscape.

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The African Wildlife Foundation is the primary advocate for the protection of wildlife and wild lands as an essential part of a modern and prosperous Africa. Founded in 1961 to focus on Africa’s conservation needs, we articulate a uniquely African vision, bridge science and public policy, and demonstrate the benefits of conservation to ensure the survival of the continent’s wildlife and wild lands.