C R I T
(student intern program assisting CRGP)
We are working with students from both the Biology & Media Studies departments of Newcastle University to assist in our conservation efforts. We have identified four main areas of interest and have groups working in each area to help with research as well as fundraising efforts to make our efforts sustainable.
These four groups are :
ACTION GORILLA - animal conservation and research
ACTION ECO-TOURISM - development of eco-tourism in Tofala reserve
ACTION COMMUNITY - setting up a co-operative
ACTION EDUCATION - working to support students in the local areas
We have experts in each ACTION GROUP on our board and with the help our student program with Newcastle University as well as support from our partners, ERuDeF in Cameroon expect to be able to work simultaneous on all ACTION GROUPS to help
SUPPORT CONSERVATION & SUPPORT COMMUNITY
This year the new CRIT students have been working on ways to promote the proposal for a women and children’s centre in Besali, in order to try and engage those who live in the village more closely with
the work of ERuDeF and CRGP.
This has involved producing a booklet designed to make the case to the local population of the advantages of the creation of such a centre. This work has involved trying to consider the proposal from
the perspective of the local population, a decentring process.
One of the students Shannon Bowes was able to use her graphic skills to produce a series of excellent illustrations for the booklet The students then presented the first version of their work to Louis Nkembi, founder and director of ERuDeF for his comments and suggestions. This was a particularly valuable exercise, providing the group with direct information on the local communities in this area of South West Cameroon.
A final version of the booklet will now be produced incorporating Louis’s suggestions.
The CRIT2 group will also produce papers on conservation work in the Lebialem Highlands and community support