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The Kilum-Ijim Forest project is a project currently funded by the Global Environmental Facility (GEF ), UNDP and the British department for international development ( DFID ) through the civil society challenge fund. In the past it has also received funding from the joint funding scheme ( DFID ), the Global environment facility ( GEF ) through the Cameroon biodiversity conservation and management programme and fisheries through the Programme International Nature Management ( PIN ) and WWF Netherlands.
This project works with the 35 communities that surrounds the Kilum-Ijim Forest ( the largest remaining patch of Afro-montane forest in West-Africa. It is found on Mount Oku ( the second highest mountain in mainland West-Africa ) and the adjoining Ijim Ridge. Traditionally, three Fondoms ( or kingdoms ) cover this area - those of Kom, Nso, and Oku. These traditional authorities, headed by the Fons ( or Paramount Chiefs ) , are highly respected and play an important role in governance of the region.
The project most significant achievement todate is the conservation of the Kilum-Ijim Forest. While montane forests are fast disappearing through out the rest of the Bamenda highlands region, satellite imagery shows that the amount of forest in the Kilum-Ijim area is actually increasing. The process of communities taking responsibility for forest management with support from MINEF is working well.