World Clean-up Day

On Saturday 16 September 2023, to mark World Clean-up Day, GREEN CONNEXION and 12 other organisations with a shared vision (protecting the environment) took part in a campaign to collect plastic waste. The event was organised jointly by the Let’s do it Camerooon consortium, the Ministry of Housing and Urban Development and the municipality of Yde 3.

In addition to those mentioned above, the event brought together a number of other associations, including the Association des jeunes volontaires de Ngoaekelle, Touproprecamer, Water for life cameroon, AJACCGF, Clean environment for Africa, Mboa hub, CNEDD, Gic agro-solution, CONAPRODD and Les Petits bambous.

The initiative was inspired by the theme for 2023: “Let’s get involved in the fight against plastic waste pollution”.


At the end of the collection, the waste collected was given to Eco green, a recycling company, for processing.

solutions to plastic pollution

On Sunday 04 June 2023, on the occasion of World Environment Day, which is celebrated every 05 June, Green Connexion and the African Environmental Network, with a shared vision (the protection of the environment), conducted a campaign to collect plastic waste in the city of Yaounde.

The campaign took place in the commune of Yaounde 6. The first collection area was Chapelle Obili, the second Carrefour Kameni, the third Ecole de Source, the fourth Lycée de Biyem-assi and finally the Accacia district.

At the end of the collection, the waste collected was handed over to Name Recycling for processing.

world environment day 2023

Green Connexion and the environmental impact of urban disorder

World Environment Day, which is celebrated every 05 June, has as its theme this year: “Solutions to plastic pollution”, and is directly in line with the current concerns of Green Connexion, whose aim is to study the environmental impact of urban disorder in Cameroon.

Cameroon’s political capital, like other cities around the world, is experiencing strong population growth, resulting in anarchic construction that stands out for its insalubrity.

Household waste dumped near a faulty septic tank

This urban disorder is reflected not only in the deterioration of transport infrastructure, but also in the uncontrolled dumping of plastic waste and various effluents.

The large-scale contribution of urban disorder to climate change is a detail that is often unknown or overlooked by political and economic decision-makers. Indeed, “CO2 emissions vary according to the state of the road and the state of our environment”. These two aspects may seem trivial, but in a context such as that of the city of Yaoundé, the capital of Cameroon, for example, where sanitation services are not regular and road infrastructure is mostly in poor condition, the increase in GHG emissions is necessarily tenfold.

So we need to do something about it. It starts with each and every one of us:

I’m responsible for the waste I produce, so I recycle it. This would also contribute to the development of the green economy.

The theme for 2023, “Solutions to plastic pollution”, is one that Green Connexion fully supports and on which we are actively working.


World Biodiversity Day 2023

From agreement to action: rebuilding biodiversity

Green Connexion is heavily involved in the process of rebuilding biodiversity through the effort to change the status of threatened species. This involves a gradual and long-term process of multiplying sub-populations and increasing their size.

This is the case for threatened species such as:

Eremospatha barendii (CR) ; Cola hypochrysea (EN) ; Trichoscypha hallei (EN) and Hypolytrum unispicatum (EN).


Green Connexion succeeds in its first generative translocation of podostemacae

Podostemacae are enigmatic freshwater plants because they grow directly on the surface of rocks in fast water.

Their natural reproduction is still poorly understood. Also, their translocation is still largely in the experimental phase.

This is why the fact that the Green Connexion team, led by Dr GHOGUE Jean Paul, has just succeeded in translocating it is a novelty for science.

IUCN National Committee meeting Cameroon March 2023

On the 28th of March 2023, a meeting of the members of the IUCN Cameroon National Committee was held at the headquarters of the IUCN National Office – Cameroon. Green Connexion was represented at this meeting. The objective of the said meeting was to review the activities of the Cameroon committee so far and to define the main orientations of future actions to be carried out for the good functioning of this committee.

As planned in the agenda, the meeting started with a word from the IUCN Director for Central Africa, Mr Kennet ANGU ANGU, who welcomed the participants and urged the members to continue the noble cause of protecting our dear Biodiversity; he also invited the members to work more in synergy for more efficiency. Before retiring, he wished that the activities would be carried out in good conditions and that everyone would return home smoothly.

After this welcome, the President of the National Committee of IUCN members, Prof. Roger Ngoufo, made a speech which was essentially based on the need and importance of this meeting. He ended his speech by inviting each representative to introduce himself and his organisation as well as its main activities.

After the presentation phase, the regional facilitator, Ms Eva MOUZONG, took the floor to briefly present IUCN at the global, regional and national levels. Overall, we can note that :

  • IUCN currently has more than 1450 members, 6 specialised commissions and 7 ecoregions

  • The Central and Western Africa Regional Programme (PACO) has about 103 members

  • The election of the committees’ officers is done every 4 years

  • The current focus is on the organisation of the forum and the question is whether to organise a single forum for the African region or forums in sub-regions

  • Reflections on the organisation of the next forum in Cameroon are underway but the chances are slim in view of the security conditions

  • The members of the national committee office are not very active

  • Green Connexion is not up to date with its dues

  • She congratulated the presence of younger and younger focal points, which proves the will of the members to prepare the next generation; moreover, it would be important to keep the same faces to ensure that all are always on the same wavelength at national, regional and international meetings.

After this session, the president took the floor to inform the participants about the history and the state of affairs of the Cameroon Committee:

  • At its creation, the objective of the national committee was among others to facilitate cooperation between members and IUCN in Cameroon, develop strategies to increase membership, capitalize on the expertise and experience of its members, encourage capacity building of its members, and put in place joint projects and initiatives in order to achieve the strategic objectives of IUCN
  • To achieve these objectives, several activities were carried out, such as meetings among members (at Green Connexion on 18 September 2019) to strengthen cohesion, advocacy and mobilisation actions such as the case of the national forum PSFE-CEFDHAC and the organisation of the World Environment Day at ENEF under the initiative of Green Connexion, participation in the process of revising the forestry law etc.
  • The national committee has participated in 4 congresses since its establishment (2008, 2012, 2016, 2021)
    In the future it will be interesting to strengthen the functioning of the national committee by creating full members and honorary members.

Proposal of the new bureau:

  • President: CEW

  • Vice President 1: CAFER

  • Vice President 2: CamEco

  • Treasurer: ONED


Communication officer and in charge of relations with specialised commissions: Green Connexion

Other perspectives

  • Strengthening the network

  • Advocacy with the State of Cameroon and other member states of the sub-region

  • Organise at least one media event per year

  • Review and operationalise the 2021-2024 programme

  • Prepare the next congress

  • Seek support

After this phase, the word was given to the administrations who made the recommendation that IUCN should seek to meet with the different Ministers to present their action plans in order to obtain the requested support.

The exchanges were closed at around 2pm with a family photo.


International Water Day

Theme “Accelerating Change

In 2019, WHO and UNICEF agreed that 2.2 billion people still lack access to safe and continuous drinking water. Cameroon is among the countries with the most critical situation with 34% of the population without access to safe drinking water.

Therefore, on this day, GREEN CONNEXION advocates for increased budgetary allocations in the water, hygiene and sanitation sector, for better access for all and to better respond to the health shocks we experience every day.

It is also an opportunity to advocate for the acceleration of projects aimed at the sustainable management of this natural resource.


International Forest Day 2023

“Forests and Health”.

Still called the green lung of the planet, the forest in one way or another is linked to our daily life. Among its many ecological benefits, it is important to remember on this day that forests contribute to water and air quality through their role in preserving and purifying the environment.
It is therefore mandatory to act in favour of forests because healthy forests are necessary for healthy populations.



2016 (1)

Name of the mission: Nachtigal Amont Project: Additional environmental studies. Technical specifications for carrying out the monitoring of populations and conservation trials of aquatic plants Ledermanniella 2016


Country: Cameroon

Location: Batchenga (NDJI)

Project description:This note presents the specifications for a floristic study aimed at mapping the distribution of   aquatic plant speciesLedermanniellaand other aquatic species at stake with the Lom Pangar low water support, to better understand the ecology of Ledermanniella and to carry out the first conservation trials of the species


2016 (2)

Mission name: Detailed environmental study of freshwater aquatic plants of the Makay hydroelectric complex (South Cameroon).

Pays : Cameroun

Localisation : MAKAK  (Makay et Dippipi)

Description of the project: The actions to be carried out were the following:

– Carry out field inventories to identify and locate the presence of protected aquatic plant species and favorable habitats. These inventories will be carried out following an adapted methodology



Mission name: Nachtigal amont. Survey of aquatic plants Ledermanniella 2018

Country: Cameroon

Location: Batchenga (Nachtigal)

Project description: The Nachtigal up stream hydroelectric project (Middle Sanaga, Cameroon) is located on the up stream part of the Nachtigal falls and will create a reservoir of approximately 4.2 sq.km. Risks of impact have been identified on the two species of aquatic plants Ledermanniella. Among the accompanying measures proposed, the first is to improve and consolidate knowledge of the distribution of Ledermanniella in and especially outside the project area (on major tributaries); the second is to safeguard local genetic material.  The objective of the service is to continue the surveys of the two Ledermanniella species, and to collect genetic material to be maintained in a seed bank.

2019 (1)

Mission name: Status assessment of the Freshwater plants of Western Africa

Countries: Cameroon, Nigeria, Niger, Mali, Burkina Faso, Ivory Coast, Senegal, Equatorial Guinea, Republic of Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Mauritania, Guinea Bisau, Gambia, Togo.

Location :West Africa

Project description: The Consultant will draft assessments of a subset of the freshwater plants native to West Africa for The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.

2019 (2)

Mission Name: Accompanying measures for the aquatic plants Ledermanniella and Marsdeniaabyssinica

Country: Cameroon

Location: Nachtigal

Project description: Continue the survey of the two species of aquatic plants Ledermanniella (sanagaensis and thalloidea), and relocate stations of Marsdeniaabyssinica plants located in the construction area to less impacted locations.



Name of the mission:Complementary study on the biodiversity issues of the lokoua dam project (aquatic plants and habitats inventories)

Country: Republic of Guinea

Location :Lokoua

Project description: Within the framework of the Lokoua dam project in Guinea Conakry, an environmental and social impact study was carried out. The first results indicate the potential presence of endangered animal species in the vicinity of the site where the dam will be built. However, the methodological approach used does not make it possible to (i) determine with a sufficient level of confidence the level of impact of the project on biodiversity and (ii) conclude on the risk of destruction of critical habitat.

AFD therefore wishes to carry out an in-depth study of the ecological issues at stake in order to determine the project’s impacts on sensitive species in the vicinity of the infrastructure and reservoir implementation site.

This impact study must meet the following objectives

– Strengthen the initial state of habitats, flora and fauna in order to have the necessary data to allow an analysis of the stakes in accordance with the World Bank standards and good practices in the field;

– Complete the analysis of the impacts on biodiversity by studying in particular the risks related to (i) the cutting of terrestrial and aquatic corridors, (ii) the modification of the hydrological regime downstream of the dam, (iii) the creation of the reservoir, (iv) the increase in pressure on the natural environment following the flooding of arable land at the level of the reservoir and the installation of the construction site. This list is not exhaustive and may be adapted according to the bibliographical analysis and the results of the field surveys;

– Indicate whether the dam will result in the destruction of critical habitats;

– Define impact management measures according to the avoid, reduce and compensate approach.

The methodological approach chosen to achieve the above objectives will be based on good professional practices and World Bank and IFC standards, notably WB Environmental and Social Standard 6 and IFC Performance Standard 6.

2021 (1)

Name of the mission: Complementary study on the biodiversity issues of the lokoua dam project (aquatic plant and habitat inventories)

Country: Republic of Guinea

Location: Lokoua

Project description: Second mission, see description above


2021 (2)

Name of the mission: Accompanying measures for aquatic plants Ledermanniella and MarsdeniaAbyssinica

Country: Cameroon

Location: Batchenga (NDJI)

Project description:The objective is the implementation of urgent measures of the mitigation strategy of priority aquatic species at risk declined in the new aquatic plants strategy.

Specific objectives:

1) Establish a reliable baseline for Ledermanniella species identified at the Nachtigal site and identification of other populations in the Sanaga River Basin;

2) Complete the information on the identification of the ecological needs of the species in order to identify the existing threats, the state of degradation and the measures to restore the populations ;

3) Elaboration of a protocol for the collection of seeds of Ledermanniella and Marsdeniaabyssinica and the setting up of an experimental nursery for Marsdeniaabyssinica;

4) Development of protocols for translocation trials.



Name of the mission: Accompanying measures for Ledermanniella aquatic plants within the framework of the Nachtigal-amont hydroelectric development project 2022

Country: Cameroon

Location: Batchenga (NDJI), Mpem and Djim National Park (PNMpD)

Description du projet : L’objectif de la prestation est la mise en œuvre et le suivi des actions de saison sèche 2021-2022 préconisées dans la nouvelle stratégie actualisée des plantes aquatiques.

Objectifs spécifiques :

– Préparer avec le soutien de Kew Garden le calendrier d’intervention pour la saison sèche 2021-2022

– Collecte de spécimens/graines et expérimentation des méthodes de propagation et de translocation dans le Parc National du Mpem et Djim (PNMpD) (dispersion des graines, multiplication végétative, translocation avec substrat) ;

– Poursuivre dans le PNMpD, la recherche de L. linearifolia et L. sp. Nov, l’identification des sites propices à la translocation/compensation et l’identification des besoins écologiques des espèces de Ledermaniella ;

– Préparer et soumettre un rapport mensuel détaillé résumant toutes les activités du mois en cours.



L’équipe de Green Connexion au campement