The 2017 edition of the world environment day celebrated on the 5th of June under the theme “Connecting People to Nature” amidst a lot of pump and pageantry. Celebrated under the auspices of the Governor of the North West Region, activities were coordinated by the regional delegate of Environment, protection of nature and sustainable development (MINEPDED) for the North West. With active participation of Sustainable Run for Development (SURUDEV), weeklong activities took the team comprising other active NGOs in the North West Region to the Abongphen Forest in the Tubah highlands where some over 500 trees were planted on some five threatened water catchments. Trees planted included Newtonia cameroonensis and Prunus africana. The second activity included a football tournament jointly organized by SURUDEV, The Regional delegation of MINEPDED for the North West region and other active organizations in the North West region of Cameroon. The tournament dubbed “Football for nature” with four teams in participation. Among these teams was the Chimpanzee FC of the forest comprising of the “Mbororo” pastoralists and other forest dwellers of Abongphen. The trophy was won by the Chimpanzee team composed of organizations from the Bamenda metropolis while the chimpanzee FC was the first runner up.
Prizes offered by SURUDEV comprised of a trophy and a cash prize of 10,000Frs CFA, Environmental books, Environmental leaflets, posters, T-Shits and other environmental valuables to the first best teams , the best player, the best goal score and the most disciplined player. These prizes were handed in the presence of the Governor of the North West Region, The Regional Delegate of MINEPDED, and other stakeholders
Many other activities which took place in the conference room of the delegation of MINEPDED for the North West included talks on the radio (CRTV Bamenda, Radio Hot Cocoa and Radio Sky Spots), an environmental quiz for pupils, students and students of universities around the North West Region. Six of over some 25 participants carried the day and went home with cash prizes. As usual SURUDEV stood tall during exhibition on the D-Day as she exhibited the best stand. SURUDEV exhibited Mushroom products from the COSMUF farms, Posters and activities of SURUDEV to the general public.