Njisuh Zebedee Feka '10 (Cameroon)

Njisuh Zebedee Feka '10 (Cameroon)

My name is Njisuh Zebedee Feka from Cameroon. With over 240 ethnic groups, this country is generally referred to as Africa in miniature because of its diversity of ecosystems people and varied climate. Starting with stunning hot deserts and savannas in the north, the eco-zones change gradually to tropical humid forests to the south, with a fair extent of degraded low-lying mangrove forests. The landscapes on which these ecosystems flourish are also diverse –hills, mountains chains, plateaus, extensive low lands to the majestic volcanic Cameroon Mountain.

This variety has obviously favored the varied climatic types that makes Cameroon a global reserve of flora and fauna. Whilst Cameroon is committed to maintaining this rich biological diversity in equilibrium with its 16.5 million inhabitants, the challenges of over-exploitation, deforestation and pollution of natural resources looms, and with it, the complexities of climate change. All of these are a great impairment to the sustainable development of the environmental sector in Cameroon. Meeting up with these challenges is particularly difficult in a country where policy developments and implementation are very distant apart.

In an attempt to meet up with some of these challenges, I have dedicated my professional life to becoming a respectable world class environmental consultant. To prepare for this challenging task, I persued a national diploma in water and forestry from the Mbalmayo Forestry School, a B.Sc. in Environmental sciences and a master’s degree in Botany -specializing in coastal vegetation management, from the University of Buea in Cameroon. To complement my academic theories, I worked with a host of national and international NGOs, particularly in southwest Cameroon. These include the Department for International Development (DFID’s Mt. Cameroon Project), Beekeeping Development and Conservation (BDC), and the Regional Centre for Development and Conservation (RCDC) where I have been working on a fulltime/partime bases since 2004 as research officer (RO). In my capacity as RO I coordinate projects proposals writing, direct field methods, develop data collection sheets and contribute to data analysis.

 My professional poise has been recognized by the Alcoa practitioner fellowship and the United Nations World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC) biodiversity scholarship. However, my quest for perfection continues and participating in the MESPOM programme is a giant step towards fulfilling a satisfying working life.