On July 27, 2023, Electricity Development Corporation (EDC) and Service d’Appui aux Initiatives Locales de Développement (SAILD) met to discuss the Deng Deng National Park Conservation Optimization Project (PNDD).
Exchanges between EDC and SAILD will begin at 2:00 pm sharp, on the 2nd floor of EDC’s headquarters building in Yaoundé. The aim of the meeting is to present the project entitled “Optimizing the conservation of Deng Deng National Park by strengthening the capacities of local riverside communities in agroecological practices”. This project, implemented by SAILD, is subsidized by IUCN through the BIOPAMA program, an initiative of the ACP group of countries financed by the 11th EDF of the European Union.
“We are ready to support your project, as EDC is called upon to monitor the NDPD on an ongoing basis and ensure its funding”, asserted Mr. Mejonang at the end of a PowerPoint presentation of the project. Continuing his intervention, the EIS/EDC Specialist who chaired the meeting recognized the need to develop synergies between the 2 organizations to optimize available resources. Particular interest in synergies was shown in project activities relating to support for PNDD conservation service patrols and the refreshment of PNDD boundaries. For this last activity, EDC is interested in replicating the participatory boundary refreshment approach implemented by SAILD.
This 2-hour meeting is part of a series of exchanges initiated by the SAILD team with PNDD management stakeholders with a view to better implementation of the PNDD conservation optimization project. Prior to EDC, the project team visited the IUCN and AFD offices in Cameroon.