Due to the unfettered forces of globalization, the world today is facing an unprecedented rate of climatic change. The climatic and ecological devastations brought about by the unsustainable development practices of rapidly developing and industrialized countries have different impacts on indigenous peoples.
. The two Lelewal pilot areas, have in recent times witnessed increase in the degradation of land and natural resources- Forest by-products, wood fuel, water and pastures for cattle. Land access, use and sustainable management of land and natural resources due to population increase, land fragmentation and privatization, logging concessions, land grabbing for wildlife conservation and large scale agricultural practices.
One of our main objectives are to prevent the devastation of indigenous peoples territories, to reduce pressure on land and the remaining natural resources respecting the rights to ownership and use of these resources by the indigenous peoples communities occupants of these territories.
Lelewal has in recent times organized and hosted a great number of training workshops and seminars on community base monitoring and information systems (CBMIS) and assisting alternative livelihoods for indigenous peoples communities affected by these changes.
As adaptation and mitigation measures, Lelewal and her partner communities created a cocoa and fruit tree nursery in eleven Baka resettlement areas in the locality of Djoum, South Region. The dissemination of these plants in their respective communities forests started in 2015 and around ten hectares of forest has been occupied.
Cocoa apart from being a perennial tree can be planted under the forest cover without necessarily cutting the big trees. The planting of cocoa protects forest canopy to create carbon sequestration sinks and consequently reducing the impacts of climate change and the protection of the community forest from illegal logging activities and managing ecosystems.
Apart from the climatic contribution of these trees, cocoa and fruit trees in the long run will produce an alternative livelihoods and economic systems to these communities and therefore reduces pressure on the remaining forest and biodiversity resources.