|Home of the lowland Gorilla.
It is not widely known that Gabon and Cameroon are home to the lowland gorilla, and these beautiful animals are fiercely protected by the tribes that live in the region of the gorilla habitat. In Cameroon the location is between Sangmelima and the Gabon/Congo borders. Gabon has recently moved to take advantage of the numbers of people wanting to visit gorilla colonies.
Korup National Park. This parks covers a huge area of virgin rainforest close to the Nigerian border. It is unique in that it is the subject of a living experiment in the human/nature coexistence. Korup is home to the Bioresources Development and Conservation Plan. This program was established at the Rio Earth Summit in 1992. The group consists of a group of scientists, industrialists, environmentalists, local people, and policy experts interested in the link between conservation of tropical rainforest, commercial development, and human coexistence within the rainforest.
It is a non government organisation, but receives support from a number of governments including the U.S.A. and France.
In the words of Executive Secretary, Mr. Tata Fofung Thomas, "our mission is to make a contribution, no matter how meagre to the development and conservation of biological resources here in Cameroon, Central Africa, and the world at large."
Of particular interest to the organisation is the use of rainforest plants in medical treatment. The French company Plantecam supports the program, and manufactures diverse medical products from natural resources. Their work includes farming of plants to aid conservation.
World citizens are invited to join the organisation, and support it's work. The Cameroon Consulate in Sydney is a supporter, and can provide further information, or write direct to:
The Executive Secretary,
Mr. Tata Fofung Thomas,
B.P. 2626 Messa, Yaounde
You can subscribe to their newsletter through the same address.
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