Voices of the landscape: The role of Cameroon’s traditional rulers in restoration

03 Oct 2022

 

About GLF Africa 2022

 

GLF Africa 2022: How to build an equitable, resilient food future brought together over 8,500 participants from 122 countries and featured 182 leading scientists, activists, Indigenous leaders, financiers, youth and government leaders, and 68 incredible partners to explore African solutions to the global food crisis caused by climate changeCOVID-19 and the war in Ukraine

Across 31 plenaries, interactive sessions, launches, virtual tours, dialogues, performances, and a job fair, the digital conference explored ways to transform the future of food through healthy landscapes, equitable access to land, and shorter, greener value chains. Messages on social media rallied 26 million people around concrete ways for Africa to regain its food sovereignty.

 

Cameroon’s traditional rulers in restoration

 

Africa’s cultural and political identity cannot exist without its traditional rulers. For centuries, traditional rulers, some known as “chieftaincies,” “Igwes,” or “queen mothers,” have been key in maintaining peace, preserving customary laws & in helping to ensure the legitimacy of post-colonial politicians/leaders. Their influence in maintaining Africa’s cultural anchoring was and is still key. Now, they are working to tackle climate change in a fight to preserve their ways of life.

This session explores the critical role traditional rulers have played in community-led restoration projects in Nkambe Cameroon and features the stories of Chiefs from GLFx Nkambe, Cameroon, Chapter.

  • Queen Mother of Bondede, Manukau Kwimbu highlights the need to blend traditional knowledge with contemporary expertise to address landscape restoration
  • Chapter facilitator, Nfor Blessing shares the scope of influence and impact traditional rulers have within communities, thus playing a key role in this fight against climate change as they hold the power in acting as the mediators between international or governmental advocates for sustainable development and rural and urban communities.
  • Ruler farmer of the Saah village in Nkambe Central, Mbeh Divine makes a call to action against climate change. “It is real, get on board, engage in climate change.”

 

Language: Englsih

Year: 2022

Ecosystem(s): Agricultural Land

Location(s): Africa, Cameroon

climate change community-led restoration landscape restoration traditional knowledge