The Esperanza, The Greenpeace ship, has docked at Douala port in Cameroon with a special message for its 4 week tour into Central Africa.
For one month, the Esparanza will sail through Cameroon, with the team heading into Democratic Republic of Congo and Congo to dialogue with communities on the significance of the Congo Basin Forest.
The Congo Basin forest is the second largest rainforest in the world. More than 75 million people and a wide range of endangered species depend on it for survival. Unfortunately, exploitative agricultural business has contributed to its forest loss and land grabbing. Meaning that local and indigenous communities lose their customary rights to their lands to logging companies.
“We are excited about the opportunity to engage with Cameroonians on the issue of forest protection. Forest destruction is a major threat to the global environment which depends on the Congo Basin forest to regulate carbon compound in our atmosphere. It is imperative that collaboration between the states be reinforced to promote land use planning. We also must encourage ecotourism and community forestry to guarantee the protection of our forest for present and future generations” said Sylvie Djacbou, Greenpeace Africa Forest Campaigner.
The DRC &Congo tour is set to have communal engagement through a range of activities that show solidarity towards Congo Basin’s protection. Through Greenpeace Africa, voices are aimed to be amplified on a global level. In relaying this message through various forms of communication such as entertainment and capturing the wishes of the communities, the messages are set to be shipped to COP23 climate change meeting in Bonn Germany.