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Students from school in seven regions in Cameroon celebrated the World Biodiversity Day 2021 in an inter school challenge comprising culinary contest, dance competition, a fashion show and a test of students’ knowledge on biodiversity and nature protection. The event that took place at the Cameroon Cultural Centre was celebrated under the theme “We are part of the solution for Nature” and brought together 150 students and parents (in strict respect of COVID-19 barrier measures).
WWF through the New Deal for Nature and People project which seeks to protect and restore nature for the benefit of people and the planet by 2030, partnered with organizers of the Carton Rouge TV show to celebrate this year’s world biodiversity day. The event also marked the national final of Carton Rouge, whose winners will represent Cameroon at the continental finals to be organized on the sideline of the African Cup of Nations to be hosted by Cameroon in 2022.
The competing students enthralled the audience with terse messages on the importance of nature, the need to protect it and what they will do to be part of the solution for nature.
“Our environment is our national heritage endowed with cultural, economic and scientific values which must be preserved,” said one of the competing students from the Littoral Region of Cameroon. “The destruction of a country might not only come about through the use of atomic bombs or long range missiles, it can also be orchestrated by the wanton destruction forest and wildlife,” she said.
“I stand here before you to say stop to the destruction and illegal exploitation of forest and wildlife,” said another student from the East Region of Cameroon, who was crowned winner of the competition. “Let’s strive for excellence in school while protecting our rich biodiversity for an emerging Cameroon,” she added.
Meanwhile, in a message to the competing students, WWF Cameroon Country Director, Clotilde Ngomba, encourage them to be part of the solution by speaking up for nature, planting of trees, keeping their environment clean and signing up to petitions for a nature positive world by 2030.
With support from the French Development Agency (AFD) WWF has been working with the Cameroon Ministry of Environment, Nature Protection and Sustainable Development, the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Civic Education and Carton Rouge to mobilize and raise awareness of youths on the urgency to take action to protect the environment.
The International Day for Biological Diversity is set aside by the United Nations for the promotion of biodiversity issues. It is held every May 22.