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 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 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.
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. A 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.”
Better World Cameroon is currently hosting the first Cameroon Ecovillage Design Education (EDE) training 2016. We are blessed to have an enthusiastic cross section of Cameroonians from the local community and as far away as Bertoua along with a few international participants. We are half way through the course already!
Our intention is to set up a sustainable, cooperative agribusiness incubator network for Africa. Adapting the course to Cameroonian and African perspectives, the bioregional EDE blueprint is designed to integrate tested indigenous climate adaptation, green building , agro-ecology and modern techniques of social innovation into a holistic model of sustainable development for Africa.
-Introduce curriculum and concepts from GEN, Gaia university and Gaia education resources
-Demonstrate where youth entrepreneurs fit into the broader ecosystems of agribusiness in Africa
-Distinguish types of social incubation adapted to Cameroon
-Determine the importance of youth entrepreneurship to the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals
-Conceptualize ideas with participants to start their own business incubators in cooperation with Better coop
-Co-create (dragon dreaming) with Bafut community, the eco vision 2020.
The Cameroon EDE 2016 training is designed for young change makers, small and medium size enterprises, farmers, development organizations, cultural associations, local governments, professional institutions and business stakeholders wishing to increase their understanding and knowhow of the business incubation process.
About Bafut Ecovillage Project
To understand our impact on both local and world climate we need to recognize the affects of urbanization, agricultural systems and the ecosystems they depend on.
The Bafut Ecovision 2020 is an opportunity to apply indigenous local knowledge in community forums to provide alternative ideas, support local entrepreneurs, create sustainable food systems while both mitigating and transforming the community’s impact on climate. Everything we do has consequences and with knowledge, support and the will to create a positive outcome, we can make a difference.
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