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. Yet the area is in desperate need of restoration; parts have been cleared for agricultural activities, with some sections destroyed following lava flows from Mt Etinde.
A Miyawaki forest will be planted in an area that supplies water to three towns. Two of the local rivers have dried up in recent years and a third is rapidly shrinking.
Etome will be a lifeline for local people, supporting a sustainable and clean source of water for the future.
Forest Maker 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