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WPE – Wild Planet Ecoproject was a non profit Organisation in Switzerland and registered and become an association in Cameroon. WPE is active nature conservation. This goes only together with the people. We teach environmental education at schools and villages. Solutions are compiled near to reality, together with the people on site.

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WILD PLANET ECO-PROJECT ANNUAL JOURNAL 2015 COMPLETE

WPE AND APE CAMPAIGN

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Composition WPE Education 2012
Composition WPE mai-juin anglais

WPE – Wild Planet Eco-project is a non profit Organization and registered as an association in Cameroon. WPE is an active nature conservation. This goes only together with the people. We teach environmental education in schools and in the villages. Solutions are compiled near to reality, together with the people on site. Our main mission is, to preserve Flora and Fauna, protect endangered wildlife species, and conserve wildlife habitat act against destruction of nature and the environment. Climate change and CO2 balance. We call our work as “The Great Ape Campaign”

WPE consist of a growing group of dedicated nature lovers. Ideas and knowledge networked with people in the fields of operation, the WPE Cameroon teacher and student network and pupils from different countries sets positive accents.


WPE – The organization which exerts itself actively for the preservation of the last natural living spaces and protection of endangered species. We believe that closer preventive measures are the best way to change things.
If man cannot respect nature, nature will end up by eliminating man!
Nature can do without man but man cannot do without nature!
Such are notions cultivated to children and the society as a whole in our campaigns.
One of our main objective is to build a network of nature loving people to a virtual network of ideas and knowledge with the people on the field, create a student and teachers network to enable the understanding of the environment to all age groups equal.

The degree of environmental awareness in our society is still very low and this is the reason behind the dirty image of our communities, WPE believes that through education and sensitization this problem can be solve, through this we have set up collaboration ties with some local councils to mobilize initiatives and efforts in the changing of our society to be a place worth living.
Wild Planet Eco-project (WPE) is a young organisation with the principal aim of protecting nature durably through its long term environmental campaign projects. It is basically made up of determined and benevolent youths who have the love for nature and know the importance of campaigning to save the remaining natural space. All the WPE projects are long term projects with the hope of making deep impact on each aspect and each problem touched. WPE has been existing as a registered organisation in Cameroon since 2008 and till date has already made great efforts in the changing and modification of attitudes and behaviours towards the protection of nature for a better world.


Education and sensitization are at the base of the protection of the environment, they are the most important aspects of our interractions with nature.We need to recognise that even in the western world the idea and the importance of protecting nature is only recent, it is thus important for us to cultivate in children and youths a sense of maximum alert in the schools in order to divert their attentions towards environmental awareness; that is to say that the priority objective of WPE is the sensitization and the Education of the children and youths who are the target group of our project.

The putting in place of a responsible Eco-tourism creator of employment and attractor of foreign revenues. It is important to underline that a good understanding of the importance of nature by the population must be encouraged and should remain progressive, this will contribute to the protection of the environment in which we all live. WPE has since 2010 been working in collaboration with Sauvegarde Faune Sauvage, a humanitarian organisation based in Wittenheim in the Alsace province of France. Together with it president Jean Paul Burget, we have already realised the green school project which has seen some 17 schools around Cameroon benefiting from trees offered by this NGO. This year the association through the visit of Jean Paul to Cameroon, have contributed to the opening of the WPE garden that will serve in other tree planting projects.

OUR PARTNER ORGANISATIONSS HOME AND ABROAD INCLUDES;
WILD LIFE ACTION GROUP (W.A.G) MALAWI,
BETTER WORLD CAMEROON (BWC) CAMEROON
SAUVEGARDE FAUNE SAUVAGE (SFS) FRANCE
LAST GREAT APE ORGANIZATION (LAGA) CAMEROON
MVOGT-BETSI BOTANICAL ZOO YAOUNDE-CAMEROON
NATURE FFRIENDS INTERNATIONAL (NFI) AUSTRIA
WWF-CAMEROON
SOKA GAKKAI INTERNATIONAL(SGI) CAMEROON

WPE and education

Government school Batibo(NWP Cmr)During E.E classTransmitting these messages and awareness to the younger generation is wise a prevention which is preferable than cure.We mobilise children in the course of education to try to change thier vision of the environment and give them a new notion about the various elements of the environment. Education according to W.P.E is at the base of any change and modification of attitude towards something, this is why our combat on the environmental protection give the priority to education. Education thus remains our most outstanding means to get the message go round the population starting from the pupils, students and teachers in schools.
Volunteers of WPE do carry up ENvironmental Education with us and as such they visit quite a great number of kids all round the country and discover too wonderful cultural diversities and the different people of Cameroon.Here is an example of a WPE volunteer from Germany who shared together and learn more abbout the African wild life conservation methods.Yoi can do same as these volunteers and give to the children another notion on the environment and how to take care about.

W.P.E carry on environmental education in many schools around Cameroon and during classes W.P.E focuses in transmitting to the children the elementary lessons towards environmental awareness, portray as much as possible pictures and stories of animals which are probably facing extinction or produce songs which carry environmental messages. In colleges and high schools, W.P.E functions mostly with specialized established Environmental and nature clubs, this provide a forum for most students in the colleges to apprehend to research conducted by W.P.E

Here are the students of the Environmental club of Bethlehem Legrand college Febe in Yaounde together with the members of WPE on an educative visit to the Mvog-Betsi biological zoo of yaounde. This was during a one week student internship program organised by WPE on how to protect the environment and the wild life protection.This is part of our goals of changing and modifying the attitudes and behaviours of children and students to become environmental awared and protectors. The one week program took the students through educative forums, conferences, visits of primary schools to teach the younger ones on how to take care of their local immediate sorroundings and also visits to parks and the forest..Taking part in an explicative environmental lesson after a round tour of the zoo, here the students have the opportunity to learn from more specialised experts on animals protection and discover why animals are being kept in a zoo.

They will as well become partners who will help us transmit the message and carry forward the project. In schools and colleges where there exist no clubs, we educate as well and establish them. Through this process, W.P.E initiate more and more youths in environmental protection and the objective only remains: Attend more and more students and pupils as possible.
Also, education does not only limits us with students and pupils in schools, but also goes through sensitization of the local person who we think is more in need of understanding how the planet functions, in the Cameroonian context for example those who abuse wildlife most is often the uneducated class, they do these acts out of ignorant, simply because they don’t measure or they don’t have the capacity to measure the impact of their activities on the environment which some totally ignore it collapse such as hunters who often complaint of lack of animals in recent times as compare to the past ignoring completely that they have in the course of time extinct many of these animals. As well the sensitization of the local man remains also one of our priority in education.
Hence proper education and awareness is an important aspect in our interaction with nature, one must recall that even in the west, recognition of the value for preserving nature is fairly recent and also late because industrialization and urbanization even agriculture and mining have already dealt with what nature has provided. Today the greatest issue that concerns all nations in the planet is the protection of the ecosystem. Mankind has discovered the rapidity with which nature is being consumed through basic human activities in the light of industrialization, agriculture, mining, urbanization just to name a few, we live at the expense of nature and probably this nature is exhaustable, what will thus be the future of humanity on earth? Will these resources continue to be available for the coming 100, 200,300 years with the degree at which human population is increasing? These are possible questions that everyone conscious about the fragility of nature should always be asking himself.

W.P.E. AND CONSERVATION EDUCATION.
Think of a challenging conservation problem you have ever encountered, protecting a rare species, winning support for legislation, cleaning up a river or sustainably managing a river. Inevitably, people are part of the problem and public education and outreach will be part of the solution. Effective education and outreach are essential for promoting conservation policy, creating knowledgeable citizens, changing peoples’ behavior, garnering funds, and recruiting volunteers. The fate of our ecosystems and the plants, animals and people that depend on them lies with our ability to educate children and adults, in settings as diverse as schools, communities, farms, and forests. The Millennium Assessment Report (2005) revealed that 60% of the vital ecosystem services that support life on earth _such as fresh water, fisheries, air and water cycling, the regulation of natural hazards and regional climate; are being degraded or unsustainably used. Conservation education and outreach programs are a critical component in changing course toward a more sustainable future.

TEACHING AND LEARNING IN CONSERVATION EDUCATION.
Theories about learning and teaching form the basis for designing effective programs and marketing them to their audiences and administrators. W.P.E provides this forum to young teachers of environmental education, this give the choice of techniques from inquiry learning, experiential learning and cooperative learning. Guidelines are provided for addressing difference between adults and children, concepts such as learning cycles, learning styles, constructivism and multiple intelligences help educators organize programs to meet the needs of any audience. Critical thinking, creative thinking and systems thinking skills can be practiced and promoted through well- designed programs focused on conservation issues.

CHANGING BEHAVIOURS TOWARDS THE ENVIRONMENT.
The road to behavior change is paved with many theories. The disciplines of education, sociology, and psychology provide guidelines for strategies that can be used to influence peoples conservation-related behaviors. What do we mean by behavior? Although it is easy to talk about “behavior” as a single concept, it means different things to different people.
There are at least three different and common uses of this simple term. Educators often define any learning as a change in behavior; behavioral objectives are designed to enhance the measurement of this change. For them behavior could mean the ability to recite the stages of the water cycle. Performing this behavior would indicate having knowledge about the water cycle. The term behavior is broadly used in educational programs that measure cognitive learning in everything from art to technology. There is often no presumption that these behaviors will lead to something else. W.P.E being an N.G.O in conservation and basing in Africa where the need of behavior change is imperative to protect and conserves the planet’s richest biodiversity reserves is laying down these strategies in schools and communities to make sure it works and as we often say; the future of the planet will greatly be determined by the ability of these organs to educate and modify attitudes and behaviors

GREEN SCHOOL PROJECT

Green School projectThis is a one month old jack plant planted by the wpeW.P.E under the “GREEN SHOOL PROJECT” which is a project envisaged since 2010 to help change the vision of schools around Cameroon. After haven visited many schools around Cameroon the W.P.E came up with the conclusion that many schools don’t have trees in their campus and there was born the idea of the Green school project.
This vision is planting of trees in school campus so as to help combat dryness but also trees which can serve beautify the school, the environment at large, but also help provide shed to pupils during outdoor periods.Here is WPE team(Emmanuella and Raul) in association with the Student nature club of the University of Yaounde 1 during a tree planting operation under the green school project.The project is also extended to the Universities.

This project has so far went on successfully and about some 20 partner schools with W.P.E have already benefited from the project. These tree planting sessions serve also as outdoor activities to pupils who as well are educated on the importance and the necessity of trees in the society. The Green school project is still in extension as not up to half of the W.P.E contacted schools have benefit the project.

Elephant

Elephant Report

We are big and powerful. Our species has existed on this planet for a very long time and once there were many of us. We are intelligent and our language is very complex. The animals that walk upright on two legs do not understand that. We feel happiness, sorrow and pain. We are very big and have enourmous apetites.

We are happy when we are left alone and wish no harm on others. We are vegetarian.

We are now very sad. Our environment is shrinking and there is not enough food left for us. Man attacks us with stones and loud firecrackers, he shoots holes in our sensitive hides, this causes us great pain and anger. Some of my kind are angered to the extent that they see the “twoleggers” as the enemy that must be killed. We never had need to kill before.

Have we no more right to live on this planet?

For a true nature lover there is no bigger Adventure than observing one herd of wild elephants in the wild. After the size in the most true sense of the word it concerns with the elephant, nevertheless, the most imposing land living being of the world.

Elephants in Central Africa are still being hunted because of their tusk. Another big problem is the consumption and trading of bushmeat. The most affected in Cameroon are the forest elphants.

In last years in South Africa there has been increase in the number of elephants due to Government protection. This has led to the limit of space for these elephants thus Government has authorised for the hunting in othere to create space.The situation in Central Africa is very critical. Today, only a few National parks still have herds of elephants to see.

Elephants in Sri Lanka

The elephant in Sri Lanka is the biggest Asian subspecies, Elephus maximus, besides, however, possibly about one third smaller than its African relative.

The elephant population in Asia has shrunk tremendeously in the last number of years. The main reason for this is the human overpopulation and the resulting destruction of natural wildlife habitat.

Despite shrinking population, it is possible to encounter a herd of one hundred or more elephants. This is an impressive experience.

Yet the entire elephant population was drastically reduced wih the onset of the British governance in Sri Lanka.

The British viewed the shooting of elephants as a kind of sport. This alone cost countless elephants lives. Even today, the killing of elephants appeales to some as an heroic act.

Elephants where considered a menace to agriculture. Farmes where even equipped with rifles to further decrice the elephant population. In the mountain region of Sri Lanka, the elephants were alsmost complitely extinct in order to grow tea and coffee.

In 1800 the population of the elephants was estimated to be 12,000 to 14,000 elephants. In 1920 this number had dropped to 7,000 to 8,000 animals. In 1999 the estimation dropped even further to 4,000 living elephants. Today, it is estimated that there are only 2,500 to 3,000 of these magnificent alimals still alive.

Formerly, Sri Lanka was almost entirely rainforest. Today, there is almost nothing left of the rainforest. The Sinharaja Nationalpark is the only noteworthy rainforest that is left. The Nationalpark is protected by UNESCO. Yet it is too small to provide a natural habitat for elephants as well as the Gibbon Apes. The Gibbons are considred extict in Sri Lanka. The elephants live in Skri Lanka’s veld and savannah region.

Less than 10% of male Asian elephants bear ivory. In African species, the females also wear tusks. As a result, we now hardly find males with tusk in Sri Lanka’s wild. The few that still exist, of course, by poaching are particularly vulnerable. Furthermore, means that the genes of male elephants without tusks unnatural enforce.

In recent years, the situation of gray giant continues to deteriorate dramatically. The war calls for its victims not only among the people. Elephants are injured and killed by Land- and Claymore mines. The tourists who otherwise finances in the national parks, has remain.

Main projects of the government are resettlement programmes for elephants. The animals are stunned at night, by truck in other areas, and awake totally confused in their new habitat. As a result, the elephants fight each other because the populations, in most cases, are too high. Enclosures are limited with an electric fence.

The elephant with the big Tusk lives no more. He, too, was victim of the people. With the big proud Tusker I had three photo shoots, were I come very close to the grey giant . Accidentally shot by an armed Home Guard. Self-rescue attempts of the Sri Lanka Wildlife Department could not prevent the painful end of the gentle elephant.

The dead elephant in the photo was shot at dawn just for fun. He also was not immediately dead but died slow and painful over several hours.

WPE Report – paper from vegetable fibers and elephant’s dung

Please, read also the report Bushmeat and the report The last great Apes “

BUSHMEAT

Here is a porcupine on sale after a fruitful hunt.Help us condemned this activity

Bushmeat

Big anthropoids, gorillas, chimpanzees, bonobos and other species like the grassland porcupine locally called Hérrisson in cameroon is one of the most hunted specie around the Mbam division of the centre province.It can easilly be found on sale on the Yaounde-Bafoussam high way precisely at Makenene bus stop;The number of this specie has greatly reduced as was comfirmed the killer of this one seen on the picture.”today you can spent the whole day in the bush and you cannot find one…” he said. are endangered to become extinct – some of them more, others less.

Despite of that, in the equatorial forests of Central and Western Africa they are hunted and then killed and traded as food.

This problem is commonly known under the name bushmeat, which means meat of wild animals. No other thing, should one think, as to hunt and eat red deer, roebuck or wild boar in our home forests.

But the situation is different.

Maybe, if bushmeat hunting would be limited and only done by the people living in the forests, the problem might eventually not be too serious.

However, there is an army of about 1,000 commercial bushmeat hunters roaming through the rain forests of Central Africa and shooting hell for leather. This resulted in a butchering worth an estimate of 2 billion dollars only last year. Amongst the animals killed were about 8,000 of the endangered big apes and other animals figuring on the list of endangered species.
Here is a porcupine on sale after a fruitful hunt.<

Bushmeat is a highly paid exports article. People are willing to pay high premiums to be able to eat big apes. The number of animals affected exceeds the number of animals living in zoos and laboratories worldwide.

If the butchering continues at the same speed as actually, the remaining wild apes of Africa will be extinct within the next 15 to 50 years. With them, major part of the equatorial rain forests and the cultures of the tribes who have been living there for thousands of years will disappear.

If we wish to put an end to the slaughtering of protected and endangered species, we urgently need projects aiming to effectively instruct the people in these countries and to change their minds and thinking. It is necessary to show them that there are other possibilities and alternatives.

The environmental protection needs to be commercialized. Ecological tourism, just as one example, can demonstrate to the people living near the rain forests that it is worth to protect floral and animal life instead of destroying it. People involved in trading and exporting must be prosecuted and threatened with heavy sentences.

Time has come that those of us who are concerned about the survival, the well-being and the future – if there is any – of the rain forests, the apes and the life in Africa in general, that those of us who criticize now start to go into action. It is not enough to look at the TV screen and to enjoy the movies and reports about fauna and flora of Africa. Anyway, most of the movies existing today are old and no longer actual.

WPE has now launched various projects in Kamerun with the target to change the situation as described above. WPE is working hand in hand with other organizations and with all the people who want to deal with this problem. The Kamerun network of teachers and students, for example, is actively co-operating with the residents to find solutions for the problems in their country.

We will continue to highlight the bushmeat problem here on this website by placing new articles and photo documentations.

Active conservation of Flora and Fauna

WPE – Active conservation of Flora & Fauna

Our worlds biological diversity is in peril. Industrialization, overpopulation and the greed of many people are a huge threat. Never in history so many species were in imminent danger of extinction. Within a period of a century, the species Homo sapiens has led the world to the brink of collapsing our planet earth.

Conservation biology is the scientific study of the nature and status of Earth’s biodiversity with the aim of protecting species, their habitats, and ecosystems from excessive rates of extinction. It is an interdisciplinary subject drawing on sciences, economics, and the practice of natural resource management.

Organizations and citizens are responding to the biodiversity crisis through conservation action plans that direct research, monitoring, and education programs that engage concerns at local through global scales.

WPE focuses primarily preventive measures such as environmental education projects. Moreover, a very powerful tool against nature destruction is a socially and ecologically oriented tourism. It is need to offer people solutions in the form of education and job creation.