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CCAN is a Canadian non-profit network that works locally and thinks globally, integrating poverty alleviation in Cameroon by building capacities of communities and improving livelihoods while respecting wildlife.

The objective of this project is to initiate a long-term beekeeping program at Kagwene Cross River Gorilla Sanctuary area and advance the welfare of the Cross river gorilla range communities in Cameroon. The main goal is to build a strong financial incentive for local people to conserve forests and to increase incomes for the forest communities. Supporting local, healthy bee stock contributes to improved pollination and strengthens the biodiversity of the Cross River gorilla immediate local habitat. Furthermore, the existence of hives in this ecological setting will provide the opportunity to educate the indigenous  on the importance of honeybees to our local forest ecology. The world’s honeybee population is under threat and they, along with other native pollinator species, play a critical role in the health and biodiversity of local ecological settings, and in the security of our food supply.  We seek help with the funding to support a portion of the installation of 1-3 hives, and to support the development of a workshop educational outreach program.

Project activities will include

  • Teaching beehive construction, apiary set-up and maintenance and honey harvesting
  • Established tree nurseries
  • Tree planting
  • Created firebreaks to protect forest-located apiaries and nearby forest.
  • Exchange visits between new beekeepers and more experienced beekeepers to share learning and experiences



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