Biography of the Program Coordinator
After years of voluntary services (2004 – 2008) across different landscapes for integrated biodiversity conservation and livelihood activities, Hilary operationalized Centre for Community Regeneration and Development (CCREAD-Cameroon) in 2008, a nonprofit organization he founded in 2006 while at the University. From 2008 to present, Hilary has led more than 26 rainforest protection and regeneration, wildlife conservation and research, and climate change and sustainable livelihoods projects across Cameroon.
Over the last twelve years, he has planned, coordinated and evaluated simple and complex projects and managing at least 26 project team members annually. He has visited more than 100 countries for professional exchanges, trainings, research and has also served as a grants assessor for French IUCN-PPI-FFEM program.
Hilary has also served as a Country Coordinator for a Swiss donor agency (Informatik Fur Afrika) and mentored more than 20 young organizations across Cameroon, Africa and Asia. He has successfully initiated partnerships and managed programs successfully with agencies such as the European Commission, Cool Earth, IUCN, United Nations Development Program, UNESCO, UN development Fund of Switzerland, and network of Universities, local and international organizations.
Rise For Nature
Rise for Nature is an integrated biodiversity conservation, climate change action and sustainable livelihoods oriented nonprofit initiative which started as a project of the Centre for Community Regeneration and Development (CCREAD-Cameroon) in 2012. As an independent nonprofit institution since 2020, Rise for Nature seeks to harness the power of indigenous people, women, youths and children within cities, and rural communities in advancing the following core objectives;
⦁ Increase the engagement of people and communities in the promotion of sustainable lifestyles
⦁ Promote indigenous knowledge and practices that contribute positively in protecting and preserving biodiversity and in achieving climate resilient communities
⦁ Reduce extreme negative human practices on the natural environment with focus on the protection and conservation of rainforests and endangered wildlife species
⦁ Mobilize and engage people and communities to reduce vulnerability to climate variability and change through cost effective and community driven interventions
Approaches of the organization
Through conventional and innovative methodologies, the Rise for Nature program combines the following strategies for its result-oriented interventions;
⦁ Tailored qualitative research with people and stakeholders from the communities as key investigators
⦁ Grassroot advocacy to change practices, lifestyles and policies within the communities for cost effectiveness in programming and sustainability
⦁ Progressive Community based education, campaigns and sensitizations for broad based mindset change and transformation
⦁ Strengthening of community mechanisms or introduction of community driven platforms and institutions where communities are yet to be organized.
⦁ Direct service or material support where there is no other alternative to reach the expected target of the program.
ZONES OF INTERVENTION
The current plan of action covers the following regions;
After 2030, the activities could be extended to other regions, but the management would be interested in working with other organizations in other regions should there be any special interest or need.