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Today Joshua Konkankoh and Sonita Mbah left for Marrakesh to be GEN representatives at the Climate Change conference COP 22 . This meeting focuses on implementation of Climate Goals set in Paris at COP 21 earlier this year.

We are sending them with a new short video about Bafut Ecovillage. We hope this preview will entice you to think about how traditional villages can transition to Ecovillages. What does it take? What can you do to support?

 

The full video is in production by volunteers at Better World Cameroon. Sign up to our blog to be notified when it’s published!

In the meantime let’s send blessings and good wishes to all delegates at COP22 – they are doing important work for all of us.

ICLEI With Council

A visit from Local Governments for Sustainability (ICLEI)

ICLEI Representative

Grace Stead ICLEI Representative

ICLEI Representative

Belinda Mills ICLEI representative

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ICLEI is the leading global network of more than 1,500 cities, towns and regions committed to building a sustainable future.

Bafut municipality is in partnership with the ICLEI network to become a sustainable, low-carbon, resilient,  bio diverse, resource-efficient, productive, healthy and happy, transitioned city, with a green economy and smart all round infrastructure.
ICLEI  consultants Belinda Mills and Grace Stead from South Africa recently visited Bafut and
since their timing coincided with the EDE (Ecovillage Design Education) , they chose to  stay for a few days at Ndanifor Permaculture Ecovillage and experience the demonstration site first hand .
Being around our program gave them insight into what Bafut ecovillage is aiming for and a chance to meet Better World members who work with Bafut council on planning and implementation of Climate change adaptation programs.
They were here to meet with Bafut Council, to carry out feasibility studies and to facilitate a three day training workshop on the execution and management of projects for Local Governments for Sustainability.
The presence of GEN (Global Ecovillage) CEO Kosha Joubert, who was leading the training at Ndanifor Permaculture Ecovillage, gave opportunity for their organizations to gain understanding of goals and steps for Bafut Ecovillage 2020.

BWC staff with ICLEI Representatives, GEN CEO and Bafut Secretary General

BWC staff with ECLEI Representatives, GEN CEO and Bafut Secretary General

Better World staff and Bafut Council representatives accompanied the consultants as they met  Bafut Mayor Langsi, the District Officer, the principal of COTECC and the Fon of Bafut.
Grace and Belinda made a short  introductory presentation to members of Bafut council, engaging them in an entertaining exercise followed by a short slide show on the impacts of climate change.Grace asks Council questions about lifestyle

Later some local entrepeneurs involved in renewable energy projects; solar street lighting, bio gas applications and  water access using solar pumping,  gave presentations and discussed possible alliances. ICLEI receives info from Alternative energy businessesA packed program left little time for socializing, but in a short breakfast interview Grace shared: “ I think that Bafut Ecovillage is a shining example for other villages all over Africa to show, really, what can be done, how it can be done.”

July Update!

The month of July was all about preparing the Ndanifor Permaculture Ecovillage (NPE)site as a suitable place to host the International Summer Workcamp and Mini EDE (August 5th- 23rd 2015). With regards to this, main activities included buying of construction … Continue reading →

Progress at Ndanifor Ecovillage and farm

Progress looks like seeing the Meeting Hall/Kitchen close to completion and the land transformed in preparation for planting. All around the community residents have been busy cultivating, moving the previous year’s vegetative material off the beds and in between the … Continue reading →

We are happy to share our latest Mini documentary:

We are sharing this video at the Global Ecovillage summit in Senegal .

Mbah Sonita, Konkankoh Joshua and Bafut Mayor Langsi were invited to this event, and will be presenting the work of Better world Cameroon and the Bafut council and palace toward Ecovillage Bafut 2020.

More about the conference soon. For now enjoy the video!

Editors message for BetterNews March 2014

What a rewarding experience it as been to be here, volunteering with Better World. As our departure date quickly approaches I am filled with appreciation for all the friends we’ve made, the hospitality of BetterWorld Board,  some great meals and … Continue reading →