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Report, August 2011

The world ozone day was celebrated all over Cameroon (September 16th, 2011). Here, students of the ozone club in Yaounde posed for a snapshot in the zoo at Mvogbetsi quarter, after the occasion. The day was marked by educational competitions which involved singing, an environmental quiz and painting. Six schools took part in the competition. The students were called upon to educate their families and friends on the need to phase out all ozone unfriendly compounds .


Report, August 2010

Students of the OZONE CLUB, arranged themselves in small groups to clean the school campus of the GOVERNMENT BILINGUAL HIGH SCHOOL -YAOUNDE. This was its activity for the 50th year anniversary of Cameroon which was celebrated on the 20th of May 2010, throughout the national territory.


Report, April 2010

Since the beginning of the year we have carried out many activities. For example, we held a sensitization campaign in our school to let the junior ones know more about the OZONE LAYER and OZONE LAYER DEPLETION. It was quite interesting because at the end the children had a quiz on the ozone layer. We also had an environment activity where we picked out plastics in the whole campus and these plastics were washed, cut into pieces and then dried to make pillow cases.


Report, April 2009

YOUTH WEEK ACTIVITIES IN BUEA-SOUTH WEST REGION-CAMEROON

In the Republic of Cameroon, the 11th of February is a public holiday reserved for the youths to express their concern in any domain of national interest and this takes the form of a march. During the 11th February 2009, delegates and members of the twin clubs ( GREEN CAMEROON BUEA and CAMEROON OZONE CLUB YAOUNDE ) took part in the march in BUEA , with a difference.

We marched with banners which carry sensitive messages indicating the need to stop adverse climate change and that this battle is for everyone and that every action counts-- from children and adults.


Report, May 2008

It was great here in that sudents of the Government Bilingual High School, Yaounde Cameroon, were trained on how to research for environmental information using the Internet. The training lasted for 2 days.This session is shown in the pictures of the computer hall.

The second picture shows the activities from 22nd April 2008. The ozone club students identified the Government High School ETUG-EBE which is deprived of trees and grass and erosion is setting in. We are posing this as an environmental problem and we are calling on any philanthropic group to help us plant tress in this school. The students lack shade to hide from the scorching, high UV sunlight during their noon long break.The school compound lacks any beauty without flowers and trees.


Report, November 2007 (from Chair Damien Mbarga)

Students Make Pillows, Mattresses and Cushions from Waste Plastics

Students of the ozone club at the government biligual high school yaounde cameroon gather waste plastics littering the campus, washed them and disinfected them in the chemistry laboratory as shown below. Then they drid them, cut them into small pieces and stuffed them into pillow cases so as to obtain pillows at a cheap price. They also stuffed cushions and mattresses with them.

We have greatly reduced the plastic waste on campus through this method!

Mbarga Damian CHAIR CAMEROON OZONE CLUB


Report, October 2007 (from Chair Damien Mbarga)

Report on 2007 World Ozone Day

The program was supposed to start on the 11th September 2007 at 2pm with a quiz session. But because of some unforeseen circumstances, there was no transportation available for students. The event was postponed to the next day at 12:30pm at the ZOO EDUCATION HALL at Mvog- Betsi Yaounde.

At 12:30pm the hall was packed full with about 200 students from primary, secondary and high schools. In addition about 60 workers from the Ministry of Environment and Nature Protection were present. Likewise other sympathizers were in attendance.

The occasion began with a showing of the Ozzy Ozone film and thereafter at 1pm the ozone quiz competition started. It was between the Government Bilingual High School, Yaounde, Ozone Club and the Lycee Technique de Nkolbisson , Yaounde. There were 20 questions and each school selected, from an envelope, a question in French and English, on ozone issues . At the end each selected and answered 10 questions. Each school was allowed to respond in any of the 2 languages. The coordinators of the quiz were workers of the ministry.

At the end my school Ozone Club won by scoring 7/10 and Lycee Technique lost by scoring 6/10.

At 4 pm the Minister of Environment and Nature Protection Mr. Hele Pierre, the Minister Delegate Mr. Nana Aboubaka, the Inspector General of the ministry Prof. Tchala Abina, and a representative from UNIDO came into the hall. This phase of the occasion started with singing the National Anthem of Cameroon, followed by a speech by the minister, then the Ozone Club of my school was called to sing the OZONE ANTHEM that we composed 9 years ago. They sang and the minister congratulated them.

Next the winner of the quiz was announced to the minister. The student leader of the Cameroon Ozone Club, was called to receive the cup from the minister and he took photos with the minister. The occasion ended with a group photo and a cocktail.

The minister left about 4pm to donate equipment to the Ecole Polytechnique de Yaounde.

Back in school it was joy as my principal was very impressed. He announced the victory to the whole school at the morning assembly.

Below is the first photo showing the student ozone club president NOBANGA JOHANNES EKUKA (of upper sixth science class) receiving the ozone trophy from the Minister of Environment and Nature Protection Mr. Hele Pierre during the World Ozone Day celebrations 2007 at the Mvogbetsi Zoo Yaounde. The Club won a National Ozone Quiz Competition organized by his ministry to awaken students on ozone related issues nationwide.

The second photo shows ozone club members and the student president rejoicing over the trophy. The background is the cage of a lion and a lioness in the zoo.


Report, July 2007 (from Chair Damien Mbarga)

CAMEROON OZONE CLUB IN COLLABORATION WITH GREEN CAMEROON

Today, 31st July 2007, marks a memorable day when the two clubs decided to collaborate in environmental activities so as to widen their scope. The Cameroon Ozone Club took this decision after a careful analysis of the objectives of Green Cameroon, which tries to help Cameroonians and humanity as a whole. The statutes of the Green Cameroon are hereby published as an associate of Cameroon Ozone Club, within the global network of ECO-ETHICS INTERNATIONAL UNION.

GRENN CAMEROON
INTRODUCTION
Green Cameroon is a non-governmental Organization with environmental preservation and conservation being its main domain of interest. The organization is running under authorization No 352/G.37/D.14/I/VOL10/BAPP. It has a wide range of membership, drawn from various walks of life with a singular interest of protecting and preserving the environment which is of prime importance to human existence. Green Cameroon's office is situated some 100m behind the Buea Rural Council office.

AIMS AND OBJECTIVES

The objectives of Green Cameroon are as follows.
To encourage human activities which aim at preserving, maintaining and improving biodiversity. Encourage sustainable resource management practices that allow us to keep resources available for us indefinitely. Encourage activities that result in identifying new resources and technologies which may improve on our current resources in ways that will create positive impacts on the overall quality of life and the environment.

WHAT IS AT STAKE

We live in an era and society where environmental ignorance prevails, yet we and every thing around us jointly make up the environment. As a result, whatever action or decision we make has an impact on the environment and consequently on mankind as a whole. Because of lack of environmental awareness or the failure to practice enviro-friendly principles, mankind today is faced with some major threats like global warming, draughts and floods. Considering the fact that humans can not survive without tempering with natural resources which are either fixed or not easily renewable, it is of utmost importance that we implement policies and practices that will ensure that we use resources in a way that will not endanger the ecosystem as well as ensure the continuity of nature's bounty for posterity. The idea of environmental preservation and protection before now has always been regarded as a continents, a nations or a governments affair but it is time we look at it as an individual matter because each and every decision we make affects the environment either positively or negatively. We should now start thinking of how we dispose of our waste, the kind of energy we use in cooking, our farming methods our means of transportation etc., because a collection of all these decisions have a very big role to play towards environmental balance and biodiversity enhancement.

MEMBERS

Green Cameroon is run by a board of directors who ensure the smooth running of the affairs of the organization, as well as other members who love and are interested in our cause. Its membership is also open to any bona fide persons and organizations interested in environmental sustainability regardless of cast creed, colour, sex, religion, language, religion, socio-economic status, political and ideological inclination.

FINANCE

The income of Green Cameroon is derived from sponsorships, aids, grants and donations from members.

OUR PROJECTS

Considering the idea that our advocacy for environmental preservation and protection can hardly bare any fruitful results without the participation of the authorities as well as the local population. We are currently working on the following projects in order to call the attention of the masses as well as initiate their minds towards living an environmentally friendly life style.
In collaboration with the Buea Rural Council, we are presently carrying out a number of small projects which we think are beneficial to the environment. We are also taking care of the tress planted by the Buea Rural Council along the streets of Buea, because we think this is a very good initiative so far as the regulation of climatic conditions is concerned, soild erosion, reduction of the emission green house gases etc.
We also clear and clean the gutters of the Buea municipality and its environment. The reason for this is to keep them clean in preparation for the rainy season, to avoid over flooding, mass soil erosion and reduce polluted runoffs into our water ways.

We do grass cutting around strategic areas in the municipality to reduce unauthorized waste dumping, portray the beauty of the town and above all, create awareness of our existence and set an example for the local population to follow. We have also created environmental clubs in many schools and institutions for the purpose of sensitization. We study the environmental impact of developmental projects to avoid the risk of pollution, waste mismanagement etc.

FUTURE PROJECTS

With proper funding, in future we intend carrying out forest rehabilitation and conservation projects, protection of our water catchments areas, reduction and monitoring of maritime pollution along our coastline and other wildlife protection campaign.

HOW YOU CAN HELP

As an individual, you can volunteer by offering your manpower and joining us to work when we are carrying out any of the projects and campaigns mentioned above. If you are an environmental expert, you can help us with advice on how to more efficiently carry out our projects as well as help us come up with other projects which you think important. You can also donate financially or materially towards any of our projects.

HOW TO CONTACT US

Our office is situated some one hundred meters behind the Buea Rural Council.
PHONE: 237 7775 68 81
E-mail: greencameroon@hotmail.com


Report, July 2007 (from Chair Damien Mbarga)

The ozone club members took a trip to the forest town of MFOU about 10km from the capital Yaounde. The most interesting aspect as found in the picture is the natural rain forest that covers the town giving it sufficient clean oxygen, good for those who need a rest from the polluted cities.
Another aspect is that it is near the chimpanzee sanctuary. This town is a place tourists should discover. What it requires now are good quality hotels to accommodate tourists.

You are all invited to discover THE CLEAN AIR TOWN OF MFOU- CAMEROON


Report, July 2007 (from Chair Damien Mbarga)

Clean Quarter Competition

The Cameroon capital territory, MFOUNDI, which engulfs the capital of Cameroon, is in the process of a clean up competition, that was launched by the MFOUNDI GOVERNMENT DELEGATE. This competition requested voluntary participation of the 98 quarters in the territory. The EEIU CAMEROON OZONE CLUB will work in collaboration with the chief of NGOA- EKELLE OBILI 1 QUARTER.

We held a joint meeting on the 16th June 2007, in the chiefs palace with the chief of the quarter, chief ATEMENGUE and all his subjects. Other associations, businessmen, stakeholders, politicians and religious leaders of the quarter were also present. The purpose was to lay down the cleaning program of the quarter for the next 6 months. The results of the competition will be out in December 2007 and this will be announced by the government delegate of Mfoundi.

We decided on a weekly cleanup, every Saturday from 6-9am, obligatory to all inhabitants of OBILI 1, with all shops closed at the period of the cleanup. Those who break this RULE will be fined by the chief.

The photos show many of the dirty areas of the quarter that we need to cleanup in the next 6 months.


Yaounde Central City Floods

The capital of Cameroon, Yaounde has flooded recently due to lack of proper removal of debris and shrubs which have overgrown in the Mfoundi river which flows through the capital city.

The photos shows the Mfoundi river located behind the central post office. The overgrown shrubs are a problem and have to be removed .

Our club is seeking for funding to cleanup this river and reduce floods and epidemic of malaria.

Nevertheless, not all areas in Yaounde are dirty. Some like the town hall surroundings are well nourished like in the photo. Hence we encourage the various quarter chiefs and school principals to take a look at the town hall surroundings and try to emulate this in their quarters and schools.


Report, May 2007 (from Chair Damien Mbarga)

British Council Yaounde Honours Cameroon Ozone Club

The British Council, in view of promoting environmental education as a career amongst students, has on the 2th April 2007, accredited the Cameroon Ozone Club, Yaounde, Cameroon, as an agent for selecting and providing counseling to students who want to study environmentally related subjects and all other disciplines, at the University of Coventary and University of Bolton, all in the United Kingdom.

The Cameroon Ozone Club welcomed such a hugh task as a sign of confidence bestowed on it by the British Council and promised to channel students to their right career. This will help a lot in building capacity in the environmental field which as of now has few qualified Cameroonians, to handle the quickly degrading environment.

The Cameroon Ozone Club was also given the task of designing projects that are student - centered, which could be sponsored by the British Council.

On the other hand the Cameroon Ozone Club used the opportunity to introduce the activities of ECO-ETHICS INTERNATIONAL UNION and also distributed the EEIU website for more information and for those who were interested to participate at the just ended online forum.


Update, October 2006 (from Chair Damien Mbarga)

EEIU Cameroon Ozone Club Recognized on World Ozone Day

On September 14 and 15 World Ozone Day (September 16) was celebrated by the Cameroon Ozone Club in collaboration with other clubs and NGOs and THE MINISTRY OF THE ENVIRONMENT AND NATURE PROTECTION at the MVOG BETSI ZOO CONFERENCE HALL. The Cameroon Ozone Club received a certificate of excellence from the minister MR NANA ABOUBAKAR as well as a cup for their excellent performance in a nationwide debate in which the club won Lycee technique de Nkolbisson Yaounde Cameroon at the finals.


1. L-R: Minister NANA ABOUBAKAR poses with Mr Mbarga, who received the certificate on behalf of the club


2. Students pose with Mr TAKANG, director at the ministry of environment and nature protection


3. Students and Dr NFADENA, director at the ministry of environment and nature protection


4. Mbarga poses with certificate and worker at the national ozone office in DOUALA


5. Mbarga and fellow certificate recipient, retired customs commandant Mr TENKU


6. Mbarga receives certificate of excellence from Minister delegate NANA ABOUBAKAR of the ministry of environment and nature protection, Cameroon


7. Minister NANA ABOUBAKAR and Mbarga pose with certificate


8. Student Club President Miss SAMIRA receives cup from Minister NANA ABOUBAKAR


9. Certificate and cup award ceremony attendees. Club members are in T-shirts; Minister NANA ABOUBAKAR appears at the front, in black coat and spectacles


Report, June 2006 (from Chair Damien Mbarga)

EEIU Cameroon Ozone Club Activity Report: Mefou National Park Tour

VISIT TO MEFOU NATIONAL PARK

PERIOD: 11-18 March 2006
MEFOU address: www.cwaf.org (saira@cwaf.org)
LOCATION: At a village called METET 22km from MFOU town or 3km from Ikalé toward Mbalmayo town.

OBJECTIVES
At the end of the visit we had to

  1. make an audit of the present situation.
  2. identify the problems encountered,
  3. suggest ways of improvement.

MATERIALS USED

  1. camera
  2. pen, paper and bag
  3. motorcycle for transport

BENEFICIARIES

  1. Cameroonians in general and in particular those near project site
  2. EEIU Prim8 fund
  3. EEIU Cameroon Ozone Club

PROCEDURES

  1. photos taken
  2. questionnaires used for villagers and guides
  3. personal and team observations

PRESENT SITUATION
After a tour of the park, we observed that:

  1. There were several enclosures containing 7 gorillas, 5 drills, 5 baboons, 8 chimps in nursery, 10 chimpanzees and 6 gorillas, respectively in each enclosure
  2. The feeding and quarantine costs (for sick primates or newly brought chimpanzees), were taken care of by C.W.A.F. alone. Cameroonians paid 2 dollars while foreigners paid 10 dollars to tour the park. To use a camera, you pay 4 dollars.
  3. Veterinary care was available, hence low mortality.
  4. Roads leading to the park are untarred and impossible during rains. Motorcycles are mostly used.
  5. Environmental education for the public is done in open air by guides from the Mvog-Betsi Zoo, who come in shifts. A hall is not available except at the Mvog-Betsi Zoo Educational Centre in Yaounde.
  6. Most Cameroonians and foreigners are volunteers. Villagers are mostly engaged in unskilled labour.
  7. Portable water and electricity are available.
  8. Periodical newsletter is available.
  9. The habitat is in the tropical deforested zone, 22 km from Mfou town. The area is guarded by a military person.
  10. Primates here are not hunted so they are less traumatised.
  11. Reproduction is slow; only one baby chimp was born in early 2006, since 5 years (the onset of the park).
  12. Chimpanzees are seized from poachers by eco-guards or LAGA and handed to the park.

Problems The observations led us to determine the problems encountered as follows:

  1. The size is still too small and has not attained full capacity. This should be due to lack of sufficient funding.
  2. Reproduction rate is too slow compared to killing rate through poaching in the unprotected forest:
  3. The population of 39 primates in the park, compared to killing rate in the unprotected forest is too small.
  4. The forest here has not been reafforestated
  5. Since the park only started in 2000, it is difficult to predict their various age limits in the park conditions. Rural development programmes are not available here (e.g. agric programmes).
  6. The park does not engage in media education.
  7. The park does not engage in law enforcement but this is done by LAGA and eco-guards.
  8. The park has not sponsored any bills on primate person hood.
  9. Poor roads make fewer visitors come.
  10. In the park, primates are in much smaller forest zones, compared to the large open unprotected forest. In parks they are given food, whereas in the open forest they search for food. In the park they are well protected but in the open forest they struggle for survival from logging, bush fires and poaching. The problem will be how to introduce park primates back to the open forest.
  11. We could increase the number of sanctuaries and parks to contain primates but can our parks really offer the freedom they have in the open natural forest? Can we have an open forest void of primates because we have gagged them in sanctuaries and parks?
  12. Are we prepared to have a new civilisation of primates? (In sanctuaries/parks primates have a different civilisation compared to those in open unprotected forest.)

Recommendations
Following the analysis of our tour of the Mefou National Park, we propose the following as solutions to sustainable primate protection:

  1. Urgent reforestation of the zones that have been logged
  2. Stricter measures on forest management
  3. Strict applications of existing laws on logging and poaching
  4. Parliamentary bills should be sponsored on the personhood of great apes, and the reinforcement of laws against logging, poaching and the burning of bushes before farming
  5. Rural development should be sponsored in the areas of education, information technology and communication, telecommunication and alternative trades/careers to poaching
  6. Expand or build more spacious sanctuaries and parks, to contain large numbers of primates
  7. Equip LAGA and eco-guards of the ministry of environment and nature protection, to better enforce laws


Update, May 2006 (From Vincent Gudmia, MFONFU, Editor-In-Chief, Wildlife Justice Magazine, LAGA)

CAMEROON ELECTED TO CHAIR GRASP

The nationwide operations launched in 2003 by the government aimed at the effective application of the 1994 wildlife law by bringing offenders to justice has witnessed over 50 cases so far prosecuted with severe sanctions.

The most recent ones include the arrest of foreigners involved in alleged trade in ivory, and apes in the North-West, Littoral and South-West provinces, some of whom are already serving jail terms.

The recent cases are coming in the wake of Cameroon's active presence at the inter-governmental conference on the conservation of great apes in Kinshasa , the Democratic Republic of Congo, organised by the GREAT APES SURVIVAL PROJECT (GRASP) of the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) and the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO).

A strong emphasis was laid on great apes conservation in the final Declaration at the end of the conference which saw a Cameroon elected as chair of the GRASP Council for the next two years. This is in recognition of Cameroon's strong role in fostering wildlife law enforcement as laid out in the Declaration of the Africa Forest Law Enforcement and Governance ( AFLEG) and the CITES regulations.

Wildlife crime is a chain that involves all kinds of actors, from the lowly forest dwellers to the sophisticated city dweller who acts as a link for big international dealers. If wildlife law enforcement is to effectively take hold, vigilance must be exercised at every level and no favours must be shown to any member of the criminal chain, no matter his status and connection..

Afterall, the negative impact of biodiversity loss from illegal activities knows neither status nor connections and affects all life equally.


Update, May 2006 (from LAGA Wildlife Justice Magainze, No 1, March 2006)

Ecoguard Killed Deterring Wildlife Crime

Despite efforts to curb wildlife crime in Cameroon and considering the decline in the population of great apes, poaches have taken a new approach to foster their crime.

A devout game guard, Mr. TAMBE AGBOR BRUNO was shot dead by a gang of poachers at the Bayang-Mbo Wildlife Sanctuary Project of the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS).

WCS Director Dr FOTSO described the incident as "a whole set back to the conservation community ". He expressed the wish that those responsible for his death would be brought to justice. "We rely on government taking strong action to investigate the crime," concluded Dr Fotso.

FAQ, May 2006 (from Chair Damien Mbarga)

CAM OC: Frequently Asked Questions

1. Who are illegally logging in Cameroon?
This is a network of mafia, based on corruption to avert prosecution despite the 1994 forest law. The companies involved are owned by French, Italian, Lebanese, Malaysian, and top Cameroonian personalities.

2. What is being done?
The government has made many agreements with foreign countries, including international bodies like the EU and companies in Cameroon to help respect this 1994 forest law on illegal logging. The Cameroon legislation/good governance on forest management are very good.

3. What is the effect?
Though the laws are good and the pleas have been, implementation is not working since the corrupt machinery is a well-knotted mafia. Once in while some punishment is meted on some companies but that is insignificant to what is not documented, that mafia has resulted to 60% the remaining 17 million hectares (42 million acres ) of forest are being exploited for logging and farming while 200 000 hectares of forest are being lost annually.... in short from calculations in less than 50 years Cameroon will lose 60% of its remaining forest.

4. Reafforestation Plan
Any plan to renew our lost forest should take the above into consideration in estimating the total cost. By replanting one million hectares per year we could beat down the rate at which the forest is disappearing 220 000 hectares per year. Implementing very strict measures would cut down further disappearance, allowing the forest to renew.



Students of the Government Bilingual High School Yaounde found it necessary during long break periods to shade themselves from harmful u.v. rays under trees on campus, replenishing themselves with quality air


Photographs, Spring 2006 (from Chair Damien Mbarga)



1) Huge dirt piles near houses at NKOLDONGO quarter in Yaounde. Disease is common.
2) Poor habitation at the Eligdzoa quarter in Yaounde. Poor drainage exists for poor toilets, while many use the bare ground at night when they are not seen.


1) A bridge at the center of Yaounde is blocked by heavy dirt. No action is taken to remove this known cause of malaria
2) Water from dirty gutters and underground water is used for washing in this Cbili area near ECOLE PUBLIQUE DE BIYEMASSI -OBILI, resulting in body diseases



1) Mansion at the NSIMEYONG quarter in Yaounde. Such are built from funds that may be embezzled from government coffers. There are many of these...
2) Centre of Yaounde city. While persons embezzle funds street children like the one in this picture play on the ground near a dirty pond, and sleep later in the open air in the central town. There are many street children between the ages of 10 to 25 and many adult beggars. Disease is at their corner and stealing is part of their hobby.



1) Inhabited swampy area of ELIGDZOA quarter of Yaounde. Diseases like malaria are very common, due to poor toilets (many pass feces at night on bare ground) and poor drainage
2) School children at break under trees at Government Bilingual High School Yaounde



1) Woman fetches water from well or borehole in OBILI area of Yaounde. Water-borne disease is common
2) Pour toilet in OBILI quarter



1) The minister of industries and mines Mr Charles Sale, the minister of small and medium size enterprises Mr Messanga Avom and the minister delegate of environment and nature protection, visit the exhibition stand of Cameroon Ozone Club. Mr Mbarga Damian, president, watches while an assistant explains to the ministers the need to protect our forest resources for sustainable use. Samples of herbal medicines from our forest barks and leaves are shown to the ministers. Mr. Sale appears in a gray coat; Mr Avom is in black and wearing spectacles; the minister delegate of environment and nature protection appears in a traditional white gown. This event took place at the chambers of agriculture on 26 April 2006.

2) Inside the the chambers of agriculture hall at the same occasion, Mr Mbarga, president of EEIU Cameroon Ozone Club, explains to delegates. businessmen, NGOS, lecturers, artists, and politicians the urgent need to promote the personhood of great apes, the reinforcement of laws against logging and poaching, and the need to strengthen the respect for human rights in all walks of life. Seated second from left at the front is a renowned Cameroonian philosopher with the University of Yaounde, Prof Mono Njana. This forum was used to explain to US stakeholders the laws on intellectual property. Copies of it were distributed to educate the public. These laws will be displayed soon at www.bm2media.typepad.com.


Photographs, May 2006

Scenes from EEIU Cameroon Ozone Club Activities



























Report, June 2006

September 2006 Programme of Activities for Cameroon Ozone Club, Yaounde, Cameroon, West Africa

CONFERENCE: ENVIRONMENTALLY RELATED DISASTERS AND DISEASES

Registration of participants and allocation of hotel rooms
Registration fees will depend on the number of activities and standard of hotel. All registration will be done at the Cameroon Ozone Club, Chapelle Obili Yaounde office between 4-8 September 2006.

Fees
FOREIGNERS: 1 000 U.S. dollars
CAMEROONIANS : Costs depend on programme chosen to attend

Programme
9-12 September 2006
Visit to environmental disaster sites, Lake Nyos Northwest Province, Buea Mountains Southwest Province, Nsam disaster area Yaounde, Briqueterie slums in Yaounde, visit to victims of disasters and environmental epidemics... voluntary donations by participants.
Time: 0800 GMT

13 September 2006
Visit to hospitals in Yaounde handling emergencies in disasters, airborne disease and water borne treatment... voluntary donations by participants.
Time: 0900 GMT

14 September 2006
CONFERENCE ON ENVIRONMENTALLY RELATED DISASTERS AND DISEASES
Venue: Chambers of Agriculture, Yaounde
Time: 0200 - 0500 GMT
Speakers: Experts in field.
We still accept papers for expose.

15-16 September 2006
EXHIBITION AND DECLARATION BY THE MINISTER OF ENVIRONMENT AND NATURE PROTECTION
Time: 0800 GMT
Venue: Ministerial Building, Ground Floor

National and international journalists are invited for objective reporting.
Public notification will be made of any modification.

EVENT ORGANISER
MBARGA DAMIAN
CHAIR, EEIU CAMEROON OZONE CLUB

www.bm2media.typepad.com
www.eeiu.org/chapters/cameroon/index.html

Update, April 2006 (from Chair Damien Mbarga)

Thesis Available:
"Communication and Wildlife Protection in Cameroon: A case study of Lettre Verte"

EEIU Cameroon Ozone Club Chair Damien Mbarga informs us that chapter member Paul Ndemaloah's thesis on "Communication and Wildlife Protection in Cameroon" is available upon request to the Chapter. If you would like to order a hard copy, please contact the Chapter for the cost and supply. Enquiries should be addressed to:

Mbarga Damien
Chair, EEIU Cameroon Ozone Club
Box 8739
Yaounde, CAMEROON
Tel: (237) 200 33 20
Email: mbargadamien@yahoo.fr

Thesis Abstract:

Our work titled "Communication and Wildlife Protection in Cameroon: A case study of Lettre Verte" is a content analysis of Lettre Verte, a publication of MINFOF.

We sought to know if this communication tool communicates enough to protect wildlife in Cameroon. After analysing the content related to wildlife, we noticed that very little attention was given to wildlife within our scope of study which ran from 2001-2005, within which we studied ten issues of the magazine. We found out that the paper was highly illustrated with coloured pictures.

We also found out that the main problem in poaching is not stubbornness from the part of the population or the poachers, but because of ignorance of the law managing wildlife in Cameroon.

There is thus a rapid need for the sensitization of the public concerning the negative implications related to illegal poaching. The media and Lettre Verte in particular have to expand their communication strategies on this matter.


Letter, 9 November 2005 (from Chairs Damien Mbarga and Abhi Ahmadadeen)

EEIU-Prim8 Chair Appointed Goodwill Ambassador to EEIU Cameroon Ozone Club

Dear Embarga,

My words to you in this very Happy New Year is never....never....give up. Giving up is a common disease amongst millions of indigenous people. Mobilization can be long and exhausting particularly when you see no funding in sight. God did bless you with a bit of operating capitol and no matter how much you budget that small amount of money will run out perhaps sooner than you think.

I know that you are very happy and have many things to do I only ask that you don't go astray and forget about our relationship. I had high hopes regarding the African students going online and developing strong dialog with other African students as well as with students, artist and youth in general. I have learned from this endeavor and will utilize my findings and turn them into a positive situation. When I come to Cameroon I will unveil my discovery.

The petitions are complete. You now have 2 forms of petitions that you can use to gather signatures. You have your online petition and you have your hard copy petition. The hard copy petition is very easy to print from a pdf. You have a signature sheet on which you will gather all signatures. Once people sign the petition you will need to start a database on a computer. Once you receive all your signatures, you will then mail them to me plus forward them to the United Nations to Dr. Klaus Toetser, the executive director of UNEP. Of course the signatures you send to me will go on to Congress. The petition online is very simple and easy to access so you should have no problem having people sign online.

Embarga we have only just begun. Keep your head up and your eyes up because we are about to bring about a tremendous amount of change and don't let people tell otherwise.

Please! give me a update on my confirmation letter coming out of Minef. I am geared up and want to start raising money.

I look forward to hearing from you as soon as possible.

Be well,

Abhi
http://www.ipetitions.com/campaigns/personhood/

Goodwill Ambassador Appointment Letter (.pdf format)

Letter, 9 November 2005 (from Chairs Damien Mbarga and Abhi Ahmadadeen)

Get Involved: EEIU Cameroon Ozone Club and EEIU-Prim8 Joint Efforts

Dear MEMBERS and Cameroonians,

To support the protection of the environment in Cameroon, please register your name and email at http://www.ipetitions.com/campaigns/personhood/ .

To write to the U.S.A. coordinator of this program, Mr. ABHI, use the email bagm2la@msn.com.

To better communicate with U.S. citizens you should register at http://groups.myspace.com/prim8/.

By joining this California group you will exchange ideas on the rights to personhood of great apes, ozone layer protection, sciences like chemistry, biology, physics, geology and others matters of your interest...

To proceed in this site
  1. Open http://groups.myspace.com/prim8/
  2. Click "JOIN GROUP"
  3. Complete information form
  4. "CLICK HERE TO LOGIN"
  5. FILL OUT YOUR EMAIL AND PASSWORD
    Enter into your space and write and reply to Americans
  6. To read current events
    1. Click each "FORUM TOPIC"
    2. Reply to forum topics
  7. For more information read
    http://www.eeiu.org/chapters/cameroon/index.html
    http://www.eeiu.org/chapters/glendale/index.html
    http://www.personhood.org/great-apes/great-apes.html
    http://www.karlammann.com
    http://www.prim8.org
    http://www.ipetitions.com/campaigns/personhood
  8. Share this website with your friends, brothers, sisters, and relatives who would like to communicate with Americans for the benefit of mankind.

Thanks,

Mbarga Damien
LYCEE BILINGUE DE YAOUNDE, ESSOS
Tel 7715216
CAMEROON OZONE CLUB


Update, 24 October 2005 (from Chair Damien Mbarga)

EEIU Cameroon Ozone Club Sponsors Debate and Recognises Members

EEIU CAM OC recently organised and invited ministry delegates to observe a debate at the Government Bilingual High School Yaounde. Organised in favour of youth initiatives, the debate's theme was Is It Necessary to Ban Chloroflourocarbon Appliances and Materials?

Additional a ceremony was conducted in which a research grant was presented to student Mr. Paul Ndemaloah, at the Advanced School of Mass Communication in Yaounde Cameroon. His project is entitled Communication and Wildlife Protection in Cameroon - A Case Study of Lettre Verte.

 

Club students are in brown. >From left: Mrs. Song, communications unit in the ministry of environment and nature protection; specialist in ministry; Chair Damien Mbarga; Mr. Enoh Peter of national ozone office in ministry; Government Bilingual High School Principal Mr. Mpele Emmanuel; Miss Marie Paule, secretary in ministry

 

Ozone Club wins debate club. Cup is handed to student president of Ozone Club, Miss Lydia Kahgomia

 

At the Advanced School of Mass Communication, after research student Paul Ndemaloah received the grant to complete his research, he displays the grant engagement letter. From right: Prof. Chindje-Kouleu, assistant director of the institute; CAM OC Chair Damien Mbarga; Paul Ndemaloah; academic affairs officer; school typist. The school is a department of the University of Yaounde II

 

Office of Prof. Chindje-Kouleu: Paul Ndemaloah smiles while receiving his grant and displays letter of engagement

Note: Names of students engaged for biological post-graduate research on endangered species (especially great apes) will be published soon. The authorities of the universities have been informed by letter.


Report, 5 October 2005 (from Chair Damien Mbarga)

EEIU Cameroon Ozone Club Scholarship Project

EEIU Cameroon Ozone Club will sponsor the finishing touches of the BA degree project titled "Communication and Wildlife Protection in Cameroon" conducted by student Paul Ndemaloah at the school of journalism at the University of Yaounde. The funding will be presented to Mr. Ndemaloah at the school on 13 October, in the presence of staff and students. This sponsorship will enable him to complete his work, which will be defended before a jury of the University between 8-11 November 2005. Mr. Ndemaloah will acknowledge the Club in his project and provide two copies of the results, one of which will be posted to EEIU Headquarters. He will also sign an authorisation giving the Club permission to use the project to promote humanity.

Our Masters degree project starts in October. The club is opening a call to students in universites in Cameroon to apply for sponsorship. Students must send their project topics to the academic offices of their university, which will assist in forwarding these to the club. EEIU Cameroon Ozone Club, in collaboration with university lecturers, will then select the most relevant topics in the domain of endangered species, particularly great apes. Student proposals selected will require similar engagements to Mr. Ndemaloah. Those selected and their supervisors will be put in contact with Inter-Research consultants.

To publicize these efforts, the club will organise a conference at the Goethe Institute about the ongoing endangered species research initiatives of EEIU Cameroon Ozone Club.


Report, 31 August 2005 (Chairs Mbarga and Ahmadadeen)

Joint Environmental Activities Program in Cameroon

Participants:
EEIU Prim8 Fund, Chair Mr. Abhi Ahmadadeen
EEIU Cameroon Ozone Club, Chair Mr. Damien Mbarga

Preamble
Considering Cameroon's indispensable role in protecting the natural resources and climate changesof the Congo Basin,
Considering the recent meeting of the Congo Basin Heads of State, calling for better sustainable management of our fast extinguishing forest and endangered species especially the Great Apes,
It is in this light that we are determined to contribute to the development of this region.

Detailed Program Activities

  1. During Mr. Abhi Ahmadadeen's Visit to Cameroon

    Duration: 30days

    1. Meet and brief minister on project objectives and application
    2. Meet with associations for collective worke.g. LAST GREAT APES (LAGA) inYaounde
    3. Meet with parliamentarians todiscuss on environmental bill sponsorship
    4. Visit protected areas in the south, east and far northern provinces
    5. Visit environmental schools in GAROUA and MBALMAYO and biology departmentsat the University of Yaounde 1 and Ecole Normale Superieure in Yaounde
    6. Visit Sanaga Yong Chimpanzee Rescue Centre at the outskirts of Bertoua
    7. Meet with journalists in television, print andradioto discusstheir roles inthe project
    8. Meet with veterinary doctors, scientists, biologists, ecologists, and anthropologists to discuss their role in the project
    9. Meet with artists, theatre groups, musicians, poets, and novelists to discuss on their role in the project
    10. Set up office of the EEIU Cameroon Ozone Club/EEIU Prim8 Fund

       

  2. Program After Visit: A Five Year Action Plan

    1. Sensitisation of the public on environmental issues via television, radio and print
    2. Promote and obtain legal status for the personhood of the great apes: no killing, no eating, no torturing, no captivity, no ownership as property
    3. Enforcement of environmental laws in collaboration with LAGA
    4. Provide high level intelligence technologies to the eco-guards in the ministryto help in environmental inventory, auditingand monitoring
    5. Provide capacity building to eco-guards and others in the environmental domain
    6. Help provide social amenities to rural areas (pipe-borne water, alternative trades to poaching, promote education and health care services, promote indigenous cultures)
    7. Involve indigenes in decision making inlocal projects to achieve results that meet their needs
    8. Promote education in local areas via grants and scholarships
    9. Improve the MINEF website (in collaboration with the ministry's computer unit)
    10. Promote Cameroon's image worldwide on environmental protection
    11. Encourage Americans to invest in Cameroon as part of poverty reduction
    12. Promote educational programs between Cameroonian students and American students
    13. Create environmental newspaper to inform the public and government about new events
    14. Advise government on sustainableenvironmentalissues
    15. Create Environmental Excellence Award to promote environmentally friendly activities carried out by individuals, groups or the state
    16. Develop environmental education in schools by encouraging debates, conferences, dramas, poetry, book writing, exhibitions, excursions, photographing environmental sites, creating documentaries, stamp collection of environmental pictures, paintings and drawings and creation of functional environmental clubs in Cameroonian colleges and universities. Creation of a Union of Cameroon Environmental School Clubs to supervise and encourage competition among clubs nationwide
    17. Promote research workin environmental issues
    18. Promote environmental good governance
    19. Promote reforestation as priority in the Congo Basin
To achieve these we call on the moral support of the Cameroonian Authorities.

Signed,

EEIUPRIM8 FUND:Mr. Abhi Ahmadadeen, Chair

EEIU CAMEROON OZONE CLUB:Mr. Mbarga Damien, Chair


Report, 8 June 2005 (Chair Damien Mbarga)

EEIU Cameroon Ozone Club Marks World Environment Day

In observation of World Environment Day, EEIU Cameroon Ozone Club (CAM OC) participated in the following activities:

  1. The environment club of the University of Yaounde invited Chair Damien Mbarga to speak on 'green cities' on June 4th. Speakers included representatives from the Ministry of the Environment and Protection of Nature. CAM OC registered about 200 new members at the university.

  2. CAM OC held a discussion with the executives of the Last Great Apes Association (LAGA) concerning future collaboration with the Prim8 Fund/CAM OC joint project.

  3. Following an initial meeting with zoo officials, club members have been authorised since June 6th to collect data at the Mvog Betsi Zoo in Yaounde. Data will include names, email addresses, telephone numbers, gender, and age of all persons visiting the zoo, in order to maintain contact after their visits through Internet education on environmental issues. Zoo officials promised collaboration on this data collection and other matters.

Update, 29 May 2005 (Chair Damien Mbarga)

EEIU Cameroon Ozone Club Competition Winner

Cameroon Ozone Club proudly recognises the work of Stanley Enyong Ndomo, Form 3B, winner of the recent student drawing competition at the Government Bilingual High School in Yaounde.


Report, 23 May 2005 (Chair Damien Mbarga)

EEIU Cameroon Ozone Club Visits Mvog-Betsi Zoological Garden

In March the Cameroon Ozone Club made an excursion with 20 students from the Government Bilingual High School Yaounde to the Mvog-Betsi Zoo in Yaounde. The trip's objectives were to acquaint the students with the methods of naming animals, their feeding habits, reproductive habits, habitat requirements, and Cameroon regions and their cultures.

Chair Damien Mbarga reports:

We arrived at the zoo at 1:00 PM. After paying the reduced fare of half-a-dollar equivalent, we went in and started work. The escort explained the various animals' behaviours while the students took notes and by 3 PM we had come to the end of our mission. We had seen ostriches, tigers, boas, crocodiles, lions and lionesses, hyenas, chimpanzees, monkeys, baboons, and tortoises. There were no elephants or gorillas.

The students then took one hour to classify the animals biologically and compared their results to the names they saw in the zoo, which were primarily names from the regions in which they were obtained, or their country of origin. We were told that most animals in captivity hardly reproduce offspring, because in captivity they are traumatized and do not mate. In addition, the guides stated that gorillas are not kept because their number is quickly decreasing, although parties in the Mfou and Dja reserve areas are doing all they can to allow them to reproduce, since the reserve areas are more similar to their natural habitats.

In addition we were informed that animals are running away from the forest areas where they naturally live to savanna areas, because they are highly hunted in forest areas. According to the guide, the animals are traumatized daily and die because they live in perpetual fear of a killer.

The students concluded that:

  1. Captivity of great apes and other endangered species cannot be a solution to faze out their fast rate of disappearance.
  2. Since in captivity these animals do not reproduce easily, urgency should be taken in this matter.
  3. The recent discovery of certain strains of the HIV and Ebola viruses in monkeys, chimpanzees and gorillas further justify why we should not eat them.
  4. Since their number is so small the students concluded that we should not kill them or destroy their homes or foods, which is the forest.

The students made a request to the zoo managers for a continuing working relationship.

The Club will meet with the Wildlife Department of the University of Dschang concerning promoting research in endangered species. The school, in Dschang in the Western province in Cameroon, produces most of the elite wildlife personnel in the country.

We separated at 5 PM.

On April 3rd at an alumni student meeting the Members were briefed by the Chair on the need to protect endangered species. EEIU tracts were distributed and the EEIU and Prim8 Fund websites were shared with the Members, who promised to spread the message to their friends.


Report, 22 December 2004 (Chair Damien Mbarga)

Science Week at the British Council in Yaounde

The Ozone Club was chosen amongst other clubs to attend the Science Week activities at the British Council from the 15th to 16th December 2004. On the 15th there was a conference from 9AM to 1PM. The speakers spoke exhaustively on the relationship of AIDS and poverty reduction, chemistry, botany, geosciences and womens empowerment in relationship to poverty reduction. From 2PM, the students were shown models of molecules, especially key life molecules like DNA.

The next day was more practical since participants themselves had to assemble models of proteins, water, etc. Later we were taken to Mipromalo, which is a ceramic industry owned by the government, and then we moved to the Fobang Foundation for more talks on AIDS. Lastly we were taken to the Mvogbetsi Zoo, where the students watched lions, chimpanzees, drills, snakes, gorillas, etc.

The day ended with the students satisfied.

The following day delegates of the Ministry of the Environment came to install the new student bureau, which is headed by lower sixth science student Abbe Dokaam Jean. The students were given T-shirts and prizes in the presence of the principal of the school and encouraged to keep the flag flying. I used this occasion to brief them on the notions of EEIU and gave out EEIU brochures.


Reprinted with permission. Mfonfu VG (2004) ' CAMOC activities embrace biodiversity conservation'. Cameroon MINEF Newsletter , Lettere Verte 13:19

CAMOC activities embrace biodiversity conservation

The president of the Cameroon Ozone Club (CAMOC) Mbarga Damien says the activities of the organisation registered in Cameroon as a Common Initiative Group now embrace biodiversity conservation through public sensitization and awareness raising. Since 1999, CAMOC has been involved in the promotion of environmental education in schools with bias to ozone protection.

While upholding its resolve to promote activities that protect the ozone layer, the General Assembly of CAMOC recently decided to embark on a nation-wide campaign to raise public awareness on the need to protect threatened wildlife and plant species.

With the expansion of its scale of activities, CAMOC management has established partnership on conservation work with some international organisations. The first international conservation body to establish partnership with CAMOC was the Eco-Ethics International Union (EEIU) based in Germany, whose working philosophy is based on the hypothesis that all creatures on earth like human beings have a right to protection.

Through EEIU another renowned international body based in the United States of America called Prim8 Fund came to know and admire the contribution of CAMOC to nature conservation through the promotion of activities that protect the ozone layer. It would be recalled that CAMOC has received letters of congratulation from the Minister of Environment and Forestry in cognisance of their contribution to conservation activities.

The US Prim8 Fund is now seeking ways to establish partnership with CAMOC in the area of biodiversity conservation through public sensitization and awareness raising.

The ozone layer prevents the ultra-violet radiation of the sun from reaching the earth surface where it causes damage to human beings and biodiversity (flora and fauna).


Report, 29 February 2004 (Chair Damien Mbarga)

EEIU Cameroon Ozone Club makes weather forecasts

Members in the classes of lower sixth, forms two, three and four participated in a weather forecasting training workshop conducted by delegates from the ministry of education under the program of encouraging environmental education in Cameroon schools. The club is the second group in Cameroon going through this program, which is in its experimental stage, prior to nationwide implementation. Results from the two schools (2 clubs) will determine the feasibility of the program nationwide in our educational curriculum.

During their break time, students look at the sky at each 45 degrees in a circle (4 times) and each time record the cloud cover and types of cloud seen. Then they use meteorological charts to forecast what may take place the next day. Meteorology is thus put into practice and made simple for the students.

The demonstratio was done in the presence of the principal Mr Mpele Emamnuel, the vice Mme Ebot Agnes, the discipline masters Mr Amah Mbah, Mr Tamfuh Avitus, heads of departments and teachers. It was a great event and pictures will be sent later.


Report, 10 February 2004 (Chair Damien Mbarga)

EEIU Cameroon Ozone Club Reports

The EEIU flag arrived safely and was shared with Chapter members and the principal and officials of the Ministry of the Environment. Chair Damien Mbarga reports that the flag and accompanying documents motivates the members even more!

EEIU CAM OC's exhibition on 5 February 2004 at the Yaounde 5th council hall was a success. Amongst other schools and clubs a good score was made. Club members explained the need to protect all species for future generations. EEIU tracts were distributed and explanations given to those inquisitive about the hypotheses therein.

The Chapter exhibited different types of fauna (i.e. snakes, lizards, snails, corals, bats, worms, grasshoppers) and flora (i.e. ferns, tree barks, medicinal leaves, and so on). Also exhibited were materials such as sun-dried mud bricks, cane chairs, clay pots, ceramic tiles and roofs. It was a great day.

The Chapter plans to visit the zoo, the milk company, and breweries to study their waste disposal methods if available and make suggestions.


Report, 30 January 2004 (Chair Damien Mbarga)

EEIU Cameroon Ozone Club Reports

Below please find a letter cautioning about possible dangers to health at the zone mentioned.

On the 5th of February EEIU Cameroon Ozone Club will be organising a school conference on the theme "Environment and Learning". Our speakers will be students. On the same day we will exhibit endangered plant and animal species at the municipal hall of the Yaounde 5th District.

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Letter Text

To: The Minister, Ministry of the Environment and Forestry, Yaounde
From: Damien Mbarga, Cameroon Ozone Club, Yaounde
Date: 20 December 2003

Sir:

POLLUTION OF THE ZONE OPPOSITE "GARNISON" MILITARY HOSPITAL

I have the honour to inform you of the serious polluting health effects that [are] likely to follow those living in the above-mentioned area. This zone has been suffering from the mass dumping of refuse from the hospital and the nearby market, especially at the entrance of the residence of the Assistant Secretary General at the Presidency of the Republic of Cameroon.

Your Excellency, this site is being kept clean by the Cameroon Ozone Club but this dumping mars our efforts. We are requesting you to intervene to stop the dumping on mere ground.

While waiting for your prompt action,

Yours sincerely,

Mbarga Damien
President

Copied:
The Assistant Secretary General
Presidency of the Republic
The Minister of Territorial Administration
The Minister, Minville
The Minister, Minsante
The Director, Military Hospital (Garnison)


Report, October 8, 2003 (Chair Damien Mbarga)

EEIU Cameroon Ozone Club Chapter Report

As everyone should know, the 16th of September is World Ozone Day. On the 15th & 16th an exhibition was held for ozone-friendly appliances, materials, books and related materials. On the 16th the Minister of the Environment and Forestry, Chief Tanyi Mbianyor Oben, visited the exibition and our stand. I seized the opportunity to give him and his entourage copies of the EEIU Brochures, which was filmed by the local TV Stations. The film was shown in the evening TV Broadcast. I also distributed copies of the EEIU Brochure to journalists and other interested people.

I am planning to hold a sensitization talk on the objectives as seen via the theories postulated by Prof. Kinne, and also intend to apply to Goethe Institute soon about holding it there. I will request that the conference take place before December 15, 2003.


Letter, June 11, 2003

From: Damien Mbarga, Chair, EEIU Cameroon Ozone Club, Yaounde, Cameroon
To: Mary Batson, EEIU Coordinator, Oldendorf/Luhe, Germany

Dear Mary,

Good day! The Club was invited on the 5th of June to the Hilton Hotel in Yaounde to listen to the press conference of the Minister of the Environment and Forestry H. E. Chief Tanyi Mbianyor Clarkson Oben.

On the 6th of June the Club was also invited to the Unido Office in Yaounde for the closing ceremony of the customs on control of exports and imports of ozone depleting substances. During the two occasions I distributed the rest of our EEIU brochures.

Damien Mbarga

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Response, June 11, 2003

From: Mary Batson, EEIU Coordinator, Headquarters, Germany
To: Damien Mbarga, Chair, EEIU Chapter Cameroon Ozone Club, Cameroon

Dear Damien,

What a coincidence to hear from you — I was just putting your last letter online! I will quickly add this while the program is still open.

Very impressive, the invitation to the press conference — and an excellent opportunity. Onward and upward!

More brochures are on their way — let us hope their journey is shortened this time.

All the best,

Mary


Letter, May 27, 2003

From: Damien Mbarga, Chair, EEIU Cameroon Ozone Club, Yaounde, Cameroon
To: Mary Batson, EEIU Coordinator, Oldendorf/Luhe, Germany

Dear Mary,

I received 100 copies and have distributed 80 copies. This was during May 22nd, World Biodiversity Day, organised by the Ministry of the Environment and Forestry, under the auspices of the Minister H. E. Chief Tanyi Mbianyor Clarkson Oben. The meeting called upon the strict respect of environmental protocols to assure sustainability of the ecosystem. In short, a respect of eco-ethics which goes beyond protocols.

Damien

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Response, May 27, 2003

From: Mary Batson, EEIU Coordinator, Headquarters, Germany
To: Damien Mbarga, Chair, EEIU Chapter Cameroon Ozone Club, Cameroon

Good morning Damien, Many thanks for your email and the exciting news of your progress in Yaounde! Your energy and efforts are unflagging, and this is sure to bring the sustainable results for which you labor. Again, I commend you for these efforts — you are leading a paradigm shift in Yaounde; this is no small work.

The meeting with the Environment and Forestry Ministry sounds like an excellent initiative. As you say, a respect of eco-ethics that goes beyond protocols: this is that for which we must press on — the attitude that individuals and governments, societies in general, work towards sustainability — not because of some rule or threat of sanction, but because of a true understanding of and commitment to the theoretical and practical aspects involved. Very encouraging!

As it sounds like you have distributed most of your brochures, I will ask Marianne to send a second batch ASAP, so hopefully your supply does not expire before the next package arrives.

All the best - and keep up the good work!

Regards,

Mary Batson


Letter, May 15, 2003

From: Damien Mbarga, Chair, EEIU Cameroon Ozone Club, Yaounde, Cameroon
To: Mary Batson, EEIU Coordinator, Oldendorf/Luhe, Germany

Dear Mary,

Thank you for the letters. In fact I have been out of town for some time on a short course in pedagogy. Nevertheless on my return I got the first 100 copies and I have started giving them to members for signatures.

Due to certain constraints, we took the other option and carried out a planting session for flowers on campus. This was done on the 7th of May at the first cycle area of our school. This was done in the presence of Mr. Amah (discipline master) and Mme Ateba (mistress in charge of school clubs coordination). The tree planting was postponed until the constraints are over.

We will be invited for the 5th of June, World Environment Day, to the U.S. cultural centre. I was informed by the cultural affairs specialist Mr. Tiencheu Mathias three days ago.

The visit to Ghana is laudable and I will see what to do before that time.

Mr. Enoh Peter, national coordinator of the ozone unit in Cameroon at the Ministry of Environment and Forestry, called on the club last week to collaborate with him, since he has been nominated by the minister. I spoke to him about eco-ethics and he was happy and encouraged it.

Bye,

Damien


Letter, April 22, 2003

From: Damien Mbarga, Chair, EEIU Cameroon Ozone Club, Yaounde, Cameroon
To: Mary Batson, EEIU Coordinator, Oldendorf/Luhe, Germany

Dear Mary,

Thank you for the list of seminars. Happy Easter also.

I had a meeting today, 22nd April 2003, World Earth Day, with the following heads of departments: 1) Dr. Amougou Zoa, plant biology; 2) Dr. Ketcha Mbadcam, inorganic chemistry; and 3) Dr. Mouaffou Lucas, geology.

All are with the University of Yaounde. I told them that I on behalf of the club will act as a link to the municipal councils. This will permit students to pursue postgraduate courses on the environment linked to Council programs.

Nb: Efforts are underway to expand to members in other towns and universities. Concerning eco-ethics, once we get the content that is to be transmitted, we will use the ways that we have been using to sensitise and reach members: radio, TV, tracts, Internet, seminars, oral via student:student, and so on.

Please, I am still waiting for the 100 copies I requested.

Damien Mbarga


Report, March 28, 2003 (Chair Damien Mbarga)

APRIL ACTIVITIES

The long-anticipated tree planting at the Government Bilingual High School (GBHS) in Yaounde will take place before the end of April, when the rainy season will begin. Meanwhile, in view of the occasion, clearing work has begun at the orchard. This will be carried on the national news by the Club's Secretary General Mr. Gudmia Vincent Mfunfu, who is also the environmental journalist for the Ministry of the Environment and Forestry. We will invite the school administration and those from the Ministry of the Environment and Forestry, as well as from other NGOs.

On the second and third of April the Club Members from the GBHS Etug Ebe, Yaounde, and University will visit the brewery to learn about its waste disposal. On these same days the General Assembly will also be held, involving 100 students and four schools in addition to the University.


Report, March 22, 2003 (Chair Damien Mbarga)

MARCH ACTIVITIES

On March 14, 2003, EEIU Cameroon organised an awareness-raising conference entitled "Eco-Ethics and Society", conducted at the Government Bilingual High School in Yaounde. Mr. Mbarga elaborated on the many notions in the theses, while the students Njila Sebastien, Biya Bi, Ankengaten Justice and Tatah Sandra all spoke on various aspects of the environment. Those present included a representative of the principal Mme Ateba.

On March 21, 2003, Paul Ndemaloah, a student of journalism and Charge de Mission of the Club, briefed members on the techniques of report writing in view of the soon-to-be-published Club newsletter.


Letter, February 03, 2003

From: Prof. Dr. Otto Kinne, EEIU President, Headquarters, Germany
To: Damien Mbarga, Chair, EEIU Chapter Cameroon Ozone Club, Cameroon

Dear Damien Mbarga,

Thank you for your recent letter. The EEIU is pleased about your interest in eco-ethics and welcomes you cordially as a new EEIU Chapter.

We are looking forward to cooperating with you and we admire your past activities!

Welcome aboard,

Otto Kinne,
EEIU President


Report, January 25, 2003 (Chair Damien Mbarga)

DUAL PURPOSE FRUIT TREES

During the second week of February, the EEIU Chapter Cameroon Ozone Club's branch at the Government Bilingual High School will be planting fruit trees on the campus orchard. This will include orange, palm, plumes and lemon trees, for the joint purposes of checking erosion and providing fruit for the students. The club will henceforth care for the trees, i.e. watering, weeding, and so on. This particular date was chosen because it is the week of Cameroon's National Youth Day, February 11th. Chair Mbarga Damien will submit a report after the event.


Report, January 21, 2003 (Chair Damien Mbarga)

WORLD ENVIRONMENT DAY PRIZE AWARD

The joint efforts of education and environmental protection were put into practice on June 5, 2002, when Mr. Sylvester Naah Ondoa, Minister of the Environment, and Prof. Joseph Owona, Minister of Education, combined their efforts to award drawing prizes to Cameroon Ozone Club Members from different schools, universities, and the public.

This event took place at Parcours Vita, an environmentally friendly area on the outskirts of the capital Yaounde. It ended with merry making, and was reported on Cameroon Radio and Television in the evening news. Chair Mbarga Damien's interview was broadcast live on the previous day.

What a great way to spend World Environment Day!

Members of EEIU Chapter Cameroon Ozone Club with Prof. Joseph Owona, Minister of Education (standing in white coat), Mr. Sylvester Naah Ondoa, Minister of the Environment and Forestry (standing in black coat), and Chair Mbarga Damien, National Coordinator of Cameroon Ozone Club (standing in brown coat).


Letter, January 16, 2003

From: Mbarga Damien, Government Bilingual High School, Yaounde, Cameroon
To: EEIU Headquarters, Oldendorf/Luhe, Germany

SUBJECT: MEMBERSHIP

Dear Sir,

Having gone through your website I, on behalf of my club , THE CAMEROON OZONE CLUB , YAOUNDE, CAMEROON, AFRICA, would like to represent your structure ECO-ETHICS.

My club helps the Ministry of the Environment and Forestry in Cameroon protect the environment since 1998. Included is a photograph with 2 ministers during a prize award ceremony to members on 5th June 2002, World Environment Day.

We are interested in propagating the new approach of eco-ethics.

While waiting,

Mbarga Damien
Bsc, chemical engineering
Msc, chemistry
President, Cameroon Ozone Club
Lecturer of Chemistry, Government Bilingual High School, Yaounde, Cameroon

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