Plans are underway at the ERuDeF Institute of Biodiversity and Non-Profit Studies (ERuDeF Institute) in Buea to set up six research centres across Cameroon that will enhance research in the areas of biodiversity conservation and agricultural development in Cameroon.
This revelation was disclosed by the President of ERuDeF Institute, Mr. Louis Nkembi, during a planning meeting for the 2016/2017 academic year. These Research Centres according to him include; Primate Research Centre, Mountain Ecosystem, Agroforestry, Geo-Matics, Amphibians and Reptiles and Climate Change Research Centres.
The President said the construction of the centre will kick off in February 2017. It will be located in the Tofala Area Tofala Hill Wildlife Sanctuary) in the Lebialem Division, Southwest Cameroon.
It will focus on various primates in the Lebialem Highlands and other surrounding biodiversity hotspots. Species of interest include but not limited to the Nigeria Cameroon Chimpanzees, Cross River Gorillas, drills and Preuss’ monkey.
The Agroforestry Research Centre will be located in Batibo, while a Geo-Matics Research Centre will be located in Buea to focus on Geo spatial information system related to climate change mutilation, biodiversity conservation
Meanwhile, the Reptiles and Amphibians Research Centre and the Mountain Ecosystem will be based in Nkongsamba and Lewoh respectively.
These Centres according to the President will facilitate quantitative and quality research in biodiversity conservation as well as groom award winning researchers in Cameroon.