Leo Foundation has been accepted as a member of the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN NL). This brings the total of Dutch member organisation to 36. Leo Foundation aims to protect large carnivores such as lions, leopards, hyena’s, tigers and African wild dogs.
The National Geographic Junior school diary 2017/2018 is out.
The West and Central African Species Action Plan (WCASAP), which was launched by the Leo Foundation and partners at the IUCN World Conservation Congress in 2016, was recently discussed at a joint meeting between the Leo Foundation and employees of the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) during a visit to the UK. We discussed the best way forward to get more attention and funding for critically endangered species in that region of Africa to benefit conservation. A fruitful meeting on a very hot Ascension Day.
The second Children’s Bushcamp of the Leo Foundation in Cameroon was a big success! This April 216 children and their teachers stayed one and a half day at Bénoué National Park. During an interactive program the children learned about the flora and fauna of the nature close to home. ‘Both the children as their teachers told us that they learned many new things regarding nature,’ reports Elise Bakker from the field.
WWF funds the Leo Foundation with 10,000 euros for a project in Waza National Park. This park is situated in the extreme Northern region of Cameroon and has suffered severely under the presence of Boko Haram in the area. We will use the money to assess the condition of the parks biodiversity and support park management in its job to strengthen the protection of the park now that Boko Haram has left.
One of our most important projects is the organisation of Children’s Bushcamps in the Bénoué complex in Cameroon. We give local pupils a first opportunity to experience nature and wildlife. In this way, we teach a new generation the importance of nature in their neighbourhood and conservation of it.
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Hans de Iongh, chair of the Leo Foundation, received a royal decoration during his fare-well symposium ‘Human-Wildlife Conflicts in Africa’. Mayor Henri Lenferink appointed him as Officer in the Order of Oranje-Nassau. Read more about this on the website of Leiden University: https://www.universiteitleiden.nl/en/news/2016/10/royal-decoration-for-hans-de-iongh
Every four years the IUCN (International Union for the Conservation of Nature) organises the World Conservation Congress (WCC). This year it was in September and took place in Honolulu, Hawaii. For 10 days, more than 10,000 participants participated in various events, such as central meetings, discussion groups and workshops. Topics varied from organised poaching to educational models and opportunities for involvement for indigenous people.
In October, as part of one of our projects in Cameroon and neighbouring countries, supported by the German developmental organisation GIZ, we welcomed a delegation from Cameroon to the Netherlands. Participants were Michel Babale, director of Garoua Wildlife College and two teachers of the school, Emmanuel Iyah and Bouba Hotta. Garoua Wildlife College is our local partner. At the College, students from all over West- and Central Africa are taught in wildlife management.