STUDENT RESEARCH PROJECT:

    Ursla Benedite KOUMBO:

Conservation status of Sea Turtles population in the peripheries of Campo-Ma’an National Park, South Cameroon.

 

Several studies on the sea Turtle have been conducted in the southern part of the Coast, up to Yoyo (in the Douala-Edea Wildlife reserve) down to Campo National Park (border city with Equatorial Guinea). However, very little conservation effort on sea turtles has been done in the area in order to provide a suitable protection condition to sea turtles occurring there. This project aims at assessing the conservation status of sea turtle’s populations at the peripheries of Campo-Ma’an National Park in the Southern coastal line of Cameroon. This aim will be achieved through interview survey with experienced local fishers, by catch documentation and community sensitization.

 

The expected outputs of this project are:

  • Map of fish landing points and their size

  • Map of the important bycatch areas

  • Education materials are provided to the community: Posters, T shirts.

  • 75% of the people around important nesting areas are aware of the protection status of sea turtles.

This project is supported by the Congo Basin Grant Program


     Marina Michele KAMENI :

Status, Distribution and Ecology of Endemics Skinks on Mounts Manengouba, Bamboutos and Oku

       Our ongoing research focuses on the distribution and ecology of endemics skinks on part of the Cameroon highlands. An area of remarkable reptile fauna richness with several endemics only known from this site. Within these diversed herptiles are endemics skinks which have a restricted range along the Cameroon volcanic line. They are very cryptic and only appear at particular places and periods during the year. (e.g. Trachylepis mekuana, Lacertapis chriswildi, L. lepesmei, L. pauliani, L. gemmiventris, Leptosiaphos ianthinoxantha, L. vigintiserierum). This study intends to update present status of endemic skinks of the Cameroon volcanic line focusing on three mountains. Following an altitudinal gradient, species habitat use will be documented and distribution recorded using GPS device to map species distribution.

Expected output:

  • Species ecology and habitat use documented

  • Target species distribution mapped

  • Up to date information available for species assessment and development of conservation measures

This project is supported by the Rufford Foundation:

                         http://www.rufford.org/projects/kameni_ngalieu_michele_marina

        Arnaud Marius TCHASSEM:

Influence of anthropogenic activities on the distribution and conservation status of the Bamenda Highlands

                       The western Cameroonian highlands, also known as a part of Dorsale camerounaise”, are characterized by a high amphibian species richness and an extraordinary high proportion of endemic species; a veritable hotspot of African amphibian diversity (Duellman 1999, Poynton 1999, Herrmann et al., 2005). Contrary to the high biodiversity value of such areas, most have no formal conservation status protection (Stuart et al., 1990) and are subject to heavy anthropogenic pressure. However, very few studies have been conducted to identify and list the exact anthropogenic threats faced by the species. This project will provide updated information on distribution, abundance and status of the endemic amphibians of the Bamenda highlands. This could serve as a scientific background for further monitoring and protection of amphibian’s fauna of this part of Cameroon. This study focuses on:
  1. 1) updating amphibian population status on Mts Oku, Bamboutos and Mbam;
  2. 2) document habitat requirements for the endemic amphibian species;
  3. 3) identify anthropogenic threats faced by endemic amphibians the study site;
  4. 4) manage of conservation efforts through community participation.

This project is supported by the Rufford Foundation:

  • http://www.rufford.org/projects/tchassem_fokoua_arnaud_marius




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