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Tiko-Limbe Islands


Conservation benefit: Conservation of 4,942 acres of mangrove and associated ecosystems for 25 years

Community benefit: Solar power for homes, a health center, and fish smokers and storage units; education campaign; ranger training; and support for monitoring and enforcement

Date Approved: 06.2022


This project protects mangroves, which trap more CO2 than any other kind of forest and as a result, slow global warming.

The Tiko-Limbe Islands are in the Gulf of Guinea, on Africa’s west coast. The area has incredibly high biodiversity and many endemic marine species. There are four species of sea turtles, five whale species, the critically endangered West Indian Ocean coelacanth, the endangered West African manatee, and more. The endangered Cameroon clawless otter inhabits the islands’ bodies of freshwater.

These islands are among the least developed in the region, and most people live in poverty. They use mangroves as fuel in fires for cooking and drying fish, to make charcoal, and for construction materials. Though marine management laws are in place, the area gets little true protection. Fishers from neighboring countries use illegal toxic chemicals, contaminating groundwater in the process. The communities have poor health care facilities, and many have no electricity or potable water. The increasing population puts more strain on infrastructure and natural resources.

This project with local partner The Environment and Rural Development Foundation (ERuDeF) funds solar power for 40 homes and a health center. Solar-powered fish smokers and cold storage will also be provided for local artisanal fishers. Project partner ERuDeF estimates that these benefits can help increase household incomes by two to five percent per year.

The island communities (Kangue, Mboma 1, Mboma 2, Mboko, Tachi, and Bwinga) have shown great commitment to protecting the area’s ecosystems. Each one will create a committee to monitor its part of the protected area. Working with the Ministry of Forestry and Wildlife and other agencies, they will develop an organization called the Tiko-Limbe Three Islands Community Conservation Network. It will help enforce the rules. The organization will also spread the word about marine pollution through education sessions, newsletters, radio and TV programs, and public events.

Project Updates

February 2024

Most project objectives have been achieved: two ovens were constructed for fish drying, a refrigerator to store fish was purchased and installed, and over 30 homes now have solar electricity. In December, community members, government officials, representatives from our partner NGO, and Seacology Cameroon Field Representative J-Hude Moudingo met to review project outcomes and discuss management of the protected areas. They decided on an ongoing institutional framework for management, as well as a livelihoods plan that will give people alternatives to exploiting mangrove and marine ecosystems. A committee has been set up to manage electricity distribution and maintenance of the solar power systems.

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July 2023

This project is about 80 percent complete. Two fish smokers have been constructed, which will reduce mangrove cutting and let fishers profitably prepare their fish for market. A cold storage unit for fish was also provided. Households that have received solar energy are enjoying clean, renewable electricity. Awareness materials such as signage and brochures have been produced and distributed. Radio spots and a short documentary about the project and the area’s mangroves have received tremendous support. Community rangers and marine law enforcement will be trained in the coming months.

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February 2023

Chiefs of all three islands involved in this project signed a conservation agreement with Seacology. Our partners have developed and distributed 1,000 flyers and 40 posters, explaining the project, throughout the communities, and plan to put up billboards. They have identified sites for the fish smokers and cold storage units, but prices have risen steeply, so they are working to negotiate better prices.

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