Department of Biology
Concordia University (Loyola Campus)
7141 Sherbrooke St. W. H4B 1R6
Montreal, QC, Canada
(514) 848-2424 (ext. 4021)
2017 – Present: PhD in Ecology at Concordia University, Montreal, Canada
2010-2013: MSc Management of Natural Resources, University of Dschang, Cameroon
2000-2005: BSc. Wildlife and Forestry, University of Dschang, Cameroon
Interactions Between People and Protected Areas: The Case of Campo-Ma’an National Park, Southern Cameroon
With the creation of protected areas by the colonial administrations, the people who once lived in harmony with their environment have lost ownership, as well as access or decision rights on natural resources including wildlife. The frustrations arising therefrom, in addition to losses inflicted upon them because of the damage caused to crops by wildlife, created in them feelings of retaliation, leading to poaching and rejection of wildlife policies. Due to the growing encroachment and fragmentation of wildlife habitat by humans near protected areas, the upsurge of poaching activities, encounters between humans and large mammals such as elephants or great apes, could intensify and have a dramatic impact on their survival in the long term. Hence, the conservation of those animals become a concern as it is known for example that elephants are keystones species that migrate using the same corridors over years often to get foods and water. However, in Campo-Ma’an region, it is reported that the damages to crops are the most common forms of Human-Wildlife Conflicts (HWC) in which elephants, great apes and rodents would inflict huge economic losses to the local residents.
This research will take place at the Campo-Ma’an Technical Operational Unit that encompasses the Campo-Ma’an National Park (CMNP) and its surroundings, situated in the Southern region of Cameroon. Many villages report crop raiding by animals from the park, especially elephants whose population has been estimated to about 596 (range: 368 – 964) individuals but their home range, migratory corridors and impacts on the environment remain unknown.
Above its contribution to the implementation of the management plan of the Campo-Ma’an National Park, this research aim to contribute to a better knowledge of the dynamics of HWC with emphasis on elephant in a perspective of integrated management of the area that maintain biodiversity while providing better coexisting conditions to different stakeholders in the Campo-Ma’an Technical Operational Unit
Specifically, the study will:
- Assess the socio-economic impact of the interactions around CMNP;
- Study the relationship between different stakeholders of the conservation;
- Assess people’s attitudes and perceptions towards wildlife, the park and the wildlife legislation;
- Study some ecological aspects of the elephants; and finally, based on the findings;
- Provide mitigation strategies, through development and test of some biological deterrents methods, for a successful coexistence between people and wildlife in the Campo-Ma’an area, with realistic solutions that can be applied elsewhere.