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Equator Initiative Case Study - Mbankana Centre for Integrated Development (CADIM)

To combat high rural unemployment and the outflow of farmers to urban centres, the Mbankana Centre for Integrated Development (Centre d’Appui au Developpement Integral, Mbankana - CADIM) trains farmers in agroforestry and afforestation techniques that restore soil fertility and boost agricultural production. The group’s afforestation efforts have reduced exploitative pressure on the natural forests and provided for the reappearance of previously endemic animal species - notably bush pigs and antelopes.

Equator Initiative Case Study - Support Group for Conservation and Sustainable Development Initiatives (CACID)

The Support Group for Conservation and Sustainable Development Initiatives (Cellule d’Appui à la Conservation et aux Initiatives de Developpement Durable – CACID) was the local implementing partner to the Waza Logone floodplain rehabilitation project, an IUCN-led intervention in northern Cameroon from 1987-2000. The project piloted a succession of floodwater releases to rehabilitate an area badly affected by hydroelectric dam development in the late-1970s.

Equator Initiative Case Study - Songtaab-Yalgré Association

Having begun in a few villages in the mid-1990s, Songtaab-Yalgré now brings together more than 3,000 women across ten provinces of Burkina Faso in the harvesting and processing of shea nuts from the tree species Vitellaria paradoxa. With the initial aim of improving women’s literacy and advocating for improved working conditions, the initiative identified the production of shea nut butter as a viable and low-impact economic activity that would diversify women’s livelihood opportunities and have an empowering effect by transforming the way women are perceived in rural society.

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