Rewilding to restore a degraded ecosystem and save local water supplies.
Etome is SUGi’s fourth water catchment project. Etome village is situated next to the Atlantic coast, with Mt Cameroon and Mt Etinde behind it. This location gives the native forests and their ecosystems great biological significance.
Until now, the area had been in desperate need of restoration, as some parts had been cleared for agricultural activities, and others destroyed following lava flows from Mt Etinde. Two of the local rivers had dried up and a third had been rapidly shrinking.
The Miyawaki forest was planted in an area that supplies water to three towns. Etome is a lifeline for local people, supporting a sustainable and clean source of water for the future.
Limbi Blessing Tata
“Growing forests is an activity that should be conducted by every parent. Forests ensure continuity at least for us here in Etome. We don't know life outside of the forest.”
Mr. Ekwalla Samuel, the President of the Etome Village Forest Management Committee