Emmanuel Binyuy Wirsiy

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Wirsiy Emmanuel Binyuy has 20 years experience in nature conservation. He is the Director of Cameroon Gender and Environment Watch (CAMGEW) a new non profit he created along with other young people. Presently, Emmanuel (Apiculture and Nature Conservation Campaigner) and the CAMGEW team work on environmental education in schools and communities, Forest regeneration and conservation, apiculture especially the Oku White Honey Value Chain Development, CAMGEW HONEYSHOP,  peasant women microfinance, vocational training, agroforestry, fight against domestic violence, sounselling for women and girls and women and youth empowerment. Our activities are more centred around Kilum-Ijim forest area in the North West Region of Cameroon.

He holds a Master’s Degree in Enironmental Restoration and Rehabilitation from the University of Yaounde I Cameroon and a Bachelors Degree in Environmental Science. While in the University of Buea for undergraduate studies he was columnist in a national newspaper producing environmental articles on various environmental problems
faced by Cameroon and proposing solutions to them. He worked with Cameroon Wildlife Aid Fund (CWAF) from 2001 with primates and also on environmental education.

He has done certificate training courses in Environmental Leadership at the University of California, Berkeley; on Environmental Change maker from University of Bern, Switzerland; Agroforestry from Trees for the Future, USA; Creative Environmental Leadership from Creative Action Institute, USA and Conflict Analysis from United State Institute of Peace.

Emmanuel earlier worked with Global Village Cameroon (GVC) from 2004 to 2008.
While in GVC he led campaigns on energy, forest and climate change. He campaigned to protect Deng Deng forest from being flooded by the Lom Pangar dam. This campaign also had as objective to protect gorillas and other wildlife in the forest that were poached by local people. Emmanuel also worked on forest governance, building capacity of forest communities in the East Region of Cameroon on how to follow-up and get forest royalties from timber exploiters (forest benefit sharing). He initiated the biofuel campaign in GVC to prevent biofuel investors from converting food crops to biofuel, tropical forest (in the Congo Basin) and agricultural land to biofuel plantations and finally from destroying the rich cultures, traditions, rights and languages of local people. He used the media, press, the created civil society multi-stakeholder platform and workshops with local communities to bring about behavioural change and influence government environmental policies. While in GVC he worked in collaboration with French Development Agency, World Bank; international organizations like International Rivers, African Rivers Network and Bank Information Center; and national organizations like CED, RELUFA, FOCARF, to build a strong campaign on the Lom Pangar Project and protect the Deng Deng forest. Emmanuel has participated in many trainings and workshops nationally and out of Cameroon on environmental and developmental issues like Gaining Public Acceptance organized by UNDP Kenya, Building Future Entrepreneur and Environmental Impact Assessment. He took part in the World Bank organized Development Marketplace competition in Ghana and won a project to provide energy and portable water from solar to Ngangha community in Adamaoua Region of Cameroon. Emmanuel is very fluent in English and to a degree in French.

He left GVC in 2008 ending to work with CAMGEW a non profit that he was a founding member where he has coordinated CAMGEW’s activities. Emmanuel is specialized as Apiculture and Nature Conservation Campaigner where he offers his services in apiculture and forest conservation activities since 2011. CAMGEW from 2012 to 2018 under the leadership and technical support of Wirsiy Emmanuel planted 75000 bee loving trees in the Kilum-Ijim forest and trained 1018 bee farmers in honey production and bees wax extraction. She has also distributed more than 895 beehives to trained bee farmers. She has organized more than 1000 bee farmers into 5 Oku White Honey cooperatives located around Kilum-Ijim forest and created a CAMGEW HONEYSHOP in Bamenda to convert bee farmers honey to money in town.. 772 farmers have been trained on agroforestry techniques. As of December 2018 about 1580 women have been trained on business skills and 1325 women received financial assistance in form of loans. 24 teenage boys and girls have been trained on dress making, shoe making and hair dressing. CAMGEW has also developed 3 tree nurseries with more than 150.000 trees.

Wirsiy still won the World Bank Development Market Place organized in Cameroon in July 2010 under CAMGEW on Oku Community forest for benefit sharing with activities on apiculture and forest rehabilitation.

Wirsiy Emmanuel and CAMGEW will ike to thank the following partners for always supporting them financially, morally and technically: MIVA Switzerland, Both ENDS -Netherlands, French IUCN, Future in Our Hands-UK, Plant a Tree in Africa – UK, Swisshand Foundation-Switzerland, Bees for Development – UK, Hub Cymru Africa – UK,  Man & Nature-France, Mane-France, Associated Country Women of the World (ACWW)-UK, Well Grounded, New England Biolabs Foundation –USA, Pollination Grant, Stichting OOK – Netherlands, Groupe SOS – France,  AIMF – France, Cameroon Ministry of Forestry and Wildlife, BERUDA, CCREAD, Oku Rural Radio, Bui Community Radio, Creative Action Institute – USA, PPI-FFEM – France, Oku Honey Cooperative Society, Cameroon Ministry of Employment and Vocational Training, Ministry of Livestock, Fisheries and Animal Husbandry(MINEPIA), Ministry of Women Empowerment and the Family.

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Organization: Cameroon Gender and Environment Watch
Profile last updated on: January 15th, 2019

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