Green Week

Green Week
Come and discover all you ever wanted to know about Forest, Water, Waste, Land and Agriculture during the Green Week! Exhibitions, movies, debates, workshops, presentations, …

The Green Week takes place from Monday, April 8th till Sunday, April 14th at the Alliance Franco-Camerounaise!

Full Program

Monday, April 8th – Forest Day

  • 1:00 pm – Permanent exhibition

Public will have access to the permanent exhibition on environmental issues. Focusing on: Forests , Water, Waste and Agriculture

  • 1:30 pm – Opening Ceremony

Presentation of special guests, Green Cameroon and Partners Presentation of our campaign, the program and the Green Week Objectives

  • 2:30 pm – Introduction to Forest management

Masango Sone, Executive Director of Green Cameroon will give some insights about the situation of forests today and in the future. Tackling: the importance of forests, impacts of forest degradation and sustainable management of forests

  • 3:30 pm – Case study: Bimbia Bonadikombo Community Forest

Philip Wotany from the Bimbia Bonadikombo Community forest will explain what a community forest is. He will then present the case of the Bimbia Community Forest focusing on ‘how to manage forest sustainably: challenges of community forest management today and tomorrow’.

  • 5:00 pm – Workshop ‘Fuel Efficient stoves’, working towards reduction of deforestation

Masango Sone, Executive Director of Green Cameroon will present a workshop on Fuel efficient stoves: What is involved? Why are they sustainable? How can you build one for your own house?

  • 6:00 pm – Movie projection: Earth

“A hundred years ago, there were one and a half billion people on Earth. Now, over six billion crowd our fragile planet. But even so, there are still places barely touched by humanity. This film will take you to the last wildernesses and show you the planet and its wildlife as you have never seen them before.” — David Attenborough

Tuesday, April 9th – Water Day

  • 1:00 pm – Permanent exhibition

Public will have access to the permanent exhibition on environmental issues. Focusing on: Forests , Water, Waste and Agriculture

  • 2:00 pm – Introduction to Water cycle & water management

Sarah Belalia, environmentalist and volunteer at Green Cameroon will give some insights about the water cycle, the impacts of water pollution and solutions to sustainable management of water.

  • 3:00 pm – CamWater: challenges of public water management

A representative of CamWater/ CDE will present the water management strategy for Buea, the challenges and current plans to improve access to water, as well as the role of water users in Buea in protecting water resources.

  • 4:00 pm – Community management of water: advantages & challenges

Selected representatives of local community water initiatives will present and discuss the opportunities and challenges associated with setting up such an autonomous water management system as an alternative to State and private management.

  • 5:00 pm – Live build about access to water for all

LiveBuild is a young and dynamic non-government organization, dedicated to making clean drinking water and good quality education available to people in Cameroon. Through rural projects LiveBuild helps to connect remote communities with proper access to water and support and education. They will talk about their strategy and the successes and challenges they have encountered.

  • 6:00 pm – Movie projection : “Flow, for the love of water”

FLOW is an award-winning documentary by Irena Salina into the growing privatization of the world’s dwindling fresh water supply. Salina focuses on politics, pollution, human rights, and the emergence of a domineering world water cartel. She uses interviews with scientists and activists to reveal the rapidly building water crisis at both the global and human scale. Rather than just focusing on the problem, FLOW also provides examples of people and institutions that are working toward practical solutions to the water crisis. 

Wednesday, April 10th – Waste Day

  • 8-10 a.m – Collective Cleaning

The collective cleaning will take place as part of Wednesday “keep Buea clean” day. Green Cameroon’s team members will be actively involved in Cleaning the Clarks Quarters area. The trash collected will then be gathered for demonstrative sorting that afternoon.

  • 1:00 pm – Permanent exhibition

Public will have access to the permanent exhibition on environmental issues. Focusing on : Forests , Water, Waste and Agriculture

  • 2:00 pm – Waste Management and the 3 ‘R’ approach

Cathy Hancock, engineer and volunteer at Green Cameroon will give some insights on waste management, the 3 ‘R’ strategy, impacts and solutions.

  • 3:00 pm – Workshop “How to make a compost?”

Sarah Belalia, environmentalist and volunteer at Green Cameroon, will explain the difference between Organic and Inorganic, demonstrate how to make a compost and highlight the benefits.

  • 4:00 pm – University of Buea about their “Zero waste” project

Dr. Eugene Tata, Head of the School of Agriculture and working in close partnership with the University of Buea, will present on the concept of zero waste, taking the case studies of paper recycling and waste to energy (biogas). The latter is already operational at the University of Buea, using collected sewerage.

  • 5:00 pm – Drama presented by Señor Youth Group

The Señors, an engaged and enthusiastic youth Group of Great Soppo, will present a short drama on waste management.

  • 6:00 pm – Movie projection : “Trashed”

Trashed – No Place for Waste with the participation of Jeremy Irons, looks at the risks to the food chain and the environment through pollution of our air, land and sea by waste. The film reveals surprising truths about very immediate and potent dangers to our health. It is a global conversation from Iceland to Indonesia between the film star Jeremy Irons and scientists, politicians and ordinary individuals whose health and livelihoods have been fundamentally affected by waste pollution. Visually and emotionally the film is both horrific and beautiful: interplay of human interest and political wake-up call. But it ends on a message of hope: showing how the risks to our survival can easily be averted through sustainable approaches that provide far more employment than the current ‘waste industry’. 

Thursday, April 11th – Land Grabbing Day

  • 1:00 pm – Permanent exhibition

Public will have access to the permanent exhibition on environmental issues. Focusing on : Forests , Water, Waste and Agriculture

  • 2:00 pm – Case study: Presentation of the PES cases in the Dja forest

Francois Medjo from the NOG Astradhe will present the case of implementation of a system of Payment for Ecosystem Services in two communities: Nkolenyeng and Nomedjoh, and recently in Ngoyla, all in the eastern province.

  • 4:00 pm – Case study: Land Grabbing in Mundemba, Cameroon

Mr. Nasako Besingi will present the case of the Land claim of 70 000 ha by Herakles farm for plantation of palm oil for biofuels in the Mundemba area. The claim includes a part of the Korup National Park, and thousands of local farmers. Mr. Besingi is struggling for his people’s rights and access to land and livelihood that is being stolen by a multinational company.

  • 6:00 pm – Movie Projection : “Planet for sale”

The financial and food crises that have been rocking the world since 2008 have had a little known side effect: they sparked a mad race for control of farmlands all around the planet. The key players: on one side, investors from both wealthy and emerging countries (Japan, China, Gulf States) that are looking to guarantee their country’s food security. On the other side, banks and investment funds that see farmland purchases as a promising new revenue source. Shot on three continents, our film gives three examples that tell one and the same story: the story of a gigantic game of Monopoly, and the consequences it could have if nothing is done to protect the interests of small farmers and developing countries. 

Friday, April 12th – Agriculture Day

  • 1:00 pm – Permanent exhibition

Public will have access to the permanent exhibition on environmental issues. Focusing on : Forests , Water, Waste and Agriculture

  • 2:00 pm – Introduction to agricultural practices in Cameroon

Cynthia Sama, graduated from the University of Buea Environmental Sciences and a volunteer at Green Cameroon will give some information on agricultural practices in Cameroon and sustainable agricultural techniques.

  • 3:00 pm – Organic farming practices: advantages & challenges

Presentation on organic agriculture: what is organic agriculture, what are the advantages for the environment, the health and the long-term yields? How to implement organic agriculture practices. Bio-fertilizers and sustainable pest control techniques.

  • 4:00 pm – Trees for the future: Introduction to Agro forestry

A presentation on the benefits, both ecological and economic of planting trees on farmed plots. The benefits range from increased soil nutrients and nearly 5-fold increase in yield, to much reduced soil erosion, reduced cost and dependence on the forest for firewood, and generation of alternative sources of income, such as bee farming and provision of food for pigs.

  • 5:00 pm – Agro-hub: making agricultural markets work

Agro-Hub is a young dynamic initiative that aims to link the farmers and the consumers for an improved system more respectful to the farmers, to the products, and more economically sustainable.

  • 6:00 pm – Movie Projection : “Local solutions for a global disorder”

An interesting movie that shows both issues and consequences of our agricultural practices, all around the world, and the impacts of the big agriculture and agro alimentary companies, but also introduces to new ideas, alternatives and back to traditional agriculture. 

Saturday, April 13th – Family Day

  • 7:00 a.m – Nature Walk

Experienced mountain guides, Old Hans and Mount CEO, will organize nature trails focused on vegetation and bird watching for whoever is feeling like enjoying the beautiful nature around our city!

  • 11 a.m – Bio-Market

A market of different sustainable products will be held the whole afternoon. Non Timber Forest Products (NTFP) coming from the communal forests, medicinal products, organic crop vegetables and handcraft made with wood waste will be showcased to the participants and available for selling.

  • 2 pm – Presentation of School activities

Workshops given by students on making a fuel efficient stove (St. Theresa) and filtering dirty water and testing for water quality (BHS). Also presentation of school garden project planting wild seeds and making a compost(GHS Muea).

  • 4 pm – Debate “Greenhouse gases are good”

Students from GHS Buea Town will debate on the positive and negative impacts of Greenhouse gases.

  • 5 pm – Inter School Quiz

An inter-school quiz will be held between the three high schools who have partaken in our intensive after school program on our four key topics. During the final, adults will be able to face the winning pupils from our schools in an environmental quiz tackling our four key topics. The subscriptions will be opened on Monday (opening ceremony) and last until Friday 12th of March.

  • 6 pm – School drama, poetry and songs

Various talented school students will present their environmentally related creative pieces, including a drama from GTHS Molyko, songs and poetry from St. Theresa and acoustically accompanied songs from GHS Muea.

  • 7 pm – Awards for the Quiz & Certification ceremony

During this ceremony, Awards will be handed to our champions from the Quiz, as well as certificates of participation for the students of the intensive program and certificates for the volunteers of the Green Media Campaign.

  • 8 pm – Concert 

Sunday, April 14th – Conclusions

  • 2 pm – Movie Projection : “An inconvenient truth”

An Inconvenient Truth focuses on Al Gore and on his travels in support of his efforts to educate the public about the severity of the climate crisis. Gore says, “I’ve been trying to tell this story for a long time and I feel as if I’ve failed to get the message across.

  • 4 pm – “Tables rondes” : small groups work towards innovative solutions

As a conclusion to this first edition of the Green Week, our participants will be divided into 4 groups to debate on the four topics and the way forward to minimize environmental degradation. Subscriptions for this activity are closing on Friday 12th. The ultimate goal of this activity will be to prepare a “Green Week Charter” with recommendations and action points to protect our environment. The groups discussions will be facilitated by two experts, one from Green Cameroon and one external (IRAD, UB, one of the Guests…)

  • 6 pm – Presentation of the results and elaboration on the first “Green Week Charter”

The results will be presented by the reporter of each group to the whole assembly. A final draft of the “Green Week Charter” will be drawn summarizing the points of view in a democratic and participative way.

  • 7 pm – Closing Ceremony

The closing ceremony will include the public reading of the Charter and closing speeches by honourable guests, Green Cameroon and partners.