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WWF Preaches Sustainable Resource Management At Agric Show 

By Nformi Sonde Kinsai

Farmers and visitors to the 2011 Ebolowa Agro-Pastoral Show who visited the stand of the World Wide Fund for Nature, WWF, went home with additional knowledge on sustainable land management techniques.

WWF stand that attracted many visitors

Fidelis Pegue Manga and Charles Wamba Tayo, communicators who manned the WWF stand, also used the occasion to encourage farmers to embrace sustainable natural resource management. They held that as a conservation organisation whose activities are at the centre of the people, WWF has the duty to promote best practices. Visitors were lectured on how to sustainably use space for massive agricultural production, which constitutes an important tool for the fight against poverty.

On how relevant their stand at the agro-pastoral show village was, they told The Post that visitors to the WWF stand were, for example, made to understand that unsustainable management of the forest is likely to trigger adverse effects including climate change. Maintaining that their activities have a primordial role to play in orientating good farming practices, Pegue and Wamba said climatic change orchestrated by the poor management of the vegetal cover is likely to adversely affect agricultural production. They added that good land management helps in avoiding conflicts.

WWF, conservation NGO of international repute, is working to stop the degradation of the environment in the world and to build a future where man can live in harmony with nature. To achieve such a goal, the activities of WWF are geared towards the preservation of the global biodiversity, guaranteeing the sustainable use of renewable natural resources as well as encouraging measures aimed at reducing pollution and over consumption.

Because of the quest for development, WWF has the challenge to combat excessive and uncontrolled forest and mining exploitation; big infrastructural development that damages the environment and excessive poaching. Increasing human population that exert pressure on resources and poor governance in natural resource management and distribution of benefits accruing from exploitation of the resources are some of the problems being grappled with by WWF.

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