Natural Resource Management and Biodiversity Conservation
Natural Resource Management and Biodiversity conservation constitutes one key domain where COMAID operates given the environmental plague faced by impoverished communities and the broader environment today. Under this area of intervention, COMAID principally works along the Western Highlands of Cameroon that has been classified as a biodiversity hotspot because of the high level of endemism of the flora and fauna but unfortunately has seen over 95% of the forest cleared for livelihood and income generating activities. COMAID is keen at ensuring a win-win situation between conservation initiatives and the sustainable development of the local communities living adjacent these important remnants of afromontane forest patches. Consequently, approaches like community forestry, participatory ecological restoration, traditional forestry, research in flora diversity and enthnobotany are being undertaken by COMAID. More innovative approaches like Apiforestry, periurban and urban beekeeping and creation of conservation banks are being integrated in the new orientation that COMAID is undertaking to ensure more effective and practical options to conservation.
Geographic Information Systems
COMAID has a solid experience in the domain of Geographic Information System (GIS) and Global Positioning System (GPS) across the ten regions of Cameroon. COMAID has successfully integrated GIS/GPS in conservation, Council development Plans, Risk Management, General mapping, Feasibility Studies (water supplies, HEP projects). We use ArcView and ArvGIS for analysis and mapping
COMIAD believes that income poverty is essentially a product of the process of exclusion of the people from value producing resources. The enterprise development program therefore seeks to improve access of the poor especially women to markets for economic resources including financial services, skills/technical services, market information, and organisational competence etc. to enable them become more efficient and competitive in specific agricultural value chains where poorest people in Cameroon are involved. We employ a business model in market facilitation from our rich expertise in the area of value chain finance, producers group strengthening, market intelligence, service providers strengthening etc. Our fundamental approach consists of multi-stakeholder processes, capacity building, public/private partnership, localization, research, evidence based advocacy, etc.