Fieldstation in Cameroon (CEDC)
The CML had a fieldstation in Cameroon, Maroua (until 31 december 2010) which has been established 20 years before as a product of co-operation of CML with the University of Dschang (Cameroon)
The Centre for Environmental and Developmental Studies in Cameroon (Centre d'Etude de l'Environnement et du Développement au Cameroun, CEDC) was a training and research centre that resulted from the co-operation between the University of Dschang in Cameroon and Leiden University. The co-operation existed from 1990 until 2010. The main objectives of the CEDC were:
- Contribute to the development of environmental sciences in Cameroon through the stimulation of interdisciplinary research.
- Contribute to the capacity of the Cameroonian ministry of Higher Education to carry out research, give formation as well as to provide advisory services
- Contribute to the institutional build up of the University of Dschang, in particular its field station in Maroua.
- Stimulate to undertake activities in the context of those development projects and programmes that contribute to the sustainable development of Cameroon, whilst maintaining the biological diversity.
|The field station was located in Maroua in the Far North province of Cameroon. Maroua is a town the size of Leiden (100,000 inhabitants). The CEDC campus lies at approximately 15 min. cycling distance from the centre of town. (see the map)|
The offices of the Cameroonian and Dutch co-ordinators, the administrative offices and lecture halls were located in the main building. A library was housed in another building, together with a computer room and staff offices.
- The two-story building of the campus contains the dortoir. There is accommodation for 20 persons - including a kitchen and a common lounge.
- The CEDC has a number of motorbikes and bicycles for research purposes. Logistical support in the field is mainly through 4 x 4 vehicles; the CEDC has its own garage.