With support from CIDT, the Faculty of Agronomy and Agricultural Sciences (FASA) at Dschang University has received funding from the Food and Agricultural Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) to create new training courses in forest governance that will help to meet the EU-FLEGT (Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade) requirements.
Having helped to develop this project, CIDT will contribute as a technical partner along with another organisation, the ‘Pole of Support to the Professionalisation of the Higher Education in Central Africa’ (PAPESAC). The participation of the University of Wolverhampton is in line with the implementation of the joint letter of intent signed between the Dschang University and the University of Wolverhampton in June 2016 (pictured above).
Training in the areas of forest governance and the environment been a priority for some years in Cameroon, thanks to the numerous national and international development opportunities in these areas, particularly regarding the transition to a green economy. However, since the VPA (Voluntary Partnership Agreement) with the European Union was initiated in 2011, capacity strengthening activities have been targeted predominantly at civil society organisations. This alone will not meet the levels expected for VPA implementation and for creating a system of sustainable governance of forest resources in Cameroon. Therefore, there is still a need for training current and future professionals in the sector, a need which this project addresses.
FAO, CIDT and PAPESAC are supporting Dschang University in the development of three training programmes in the field of forest governance, which have potential to be extended to the whole Central African subregion. The programmes consist of:
- Ongoing training for current professionals, aimed at updating their skills in relation to emergent problems in the forestry sector;
- A transversal training programme for students from non-forestry related subjects, such as the sciences and social sciences, in order to extend the culture of governance and forest governance to other disciplines;
- A forest governance training programme for HE students undertaking environmental and forestry degrees in Cameroon.
These programmes will be directed by a multidisciplinary team of researchers and teachers at Dschang University and will help raise the quality of current and future professionals in Cameroon.