Another successful Green Project workshop

The Limbe Wildlife Centre (LWC) recently hosted its annual Green Project workshop in Batoke village on July 27, 2023. LWC, through its community-driven approach, has collaborated with the Batoke community for over 15 years to conserve wildlife and forests. The project also aims to alleviate poverty in the community and improve animal welfare at the wildlife centre.

The workshop

The Green Project workshop reinforced the importance of conservation efforts while explaining the project’s benefits to the rescued animals at the centre. Additionally, it provided LWC with an opportunity to listen to the community’s feedback on project development and improvement. The workshop showcased videos and pictures highlighting the benefits and impact of the project on wildlife conservation. Furthermore, the workshop increased awareness about zoonotic diseases and emphasized the importance of reducing reliance on bushmeat hunting.

As part of the ongoing Transnational African Zoonoses Education Campaign, LWC’s Education Team delivered a presentation about zoonotic diseases and associated risks. The Batoke community eagerly engaged in the learning experience and expressed support for the message discouraging hunting and bushmeat consumption.

Despite the heavy rain, the Green Project workshop achieved significant community participation and was considered a huge success. To celebrate a successful day, a hot meal was served, and everyone enjoyed a drink together. The partnership between the Batoke community and LWC continues to strengthen each year, and future workshops are anticipated.

How does the Green Project work?

The Green Project offers alternative livelihoods to reduce reliance on bushmeat hunting. It also enhances the value of agricultural land by purchasing unused crop leaves, eliminating the need to expand farming areas through slash-and-burn practices. This approach helps protect the forest and its wildlife.

To sustain nearly 200 primates, along with small mammals and birds, a regular supply of fresh, nutritious, and sustainable food is crucial. The Green Project ensures low environmental impact while providing food rich in fiber, vitamins, and minerals. For instance, papaya leaves promote overall health, digestion, possess anti-inflammatory properties, and boost immunity.

The community faces challenges due to the lasting impact of the pandemic and ongoing civil crisis in the South-West region. Thus, having a reliable income is now more vital than ever. The income generated from the project benefits permanent community members, providing financial independence for women, a better life for their children, and an alternative income for ex-hunters. These fruitful alternative livelihoods contribute to community development and the ongoing success of the project.

Want to know more?

You can read our 2022 Green Project Report here, and you can donate to support the project here.

The Green Project has been generously supported over the years by many partners, including 24guteTaten, Prowildlife, Chessington Conservation Fund, San Diego Wildlife Alliance, Zoo Atlanta, Kathryn McQuade Foundation, New England Biolabs Foundation, Save the Drill and Hellabrunn der Munchner Tierpark.

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