Center for Environment and Human Development (Manassas, VA)

Name

  • Name:William Tabot
  • Title:Esq.

Organization Address

  • Organization Name:Center for Environment and Human Development
  • Address:9248 Mosby Street
    Manassas, VA 20110-5038
    United States

Organization Phone

  • Main phone:703-530-7075
  • Main fax:703-530-9125

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General

  • Mission:
  • Our mission is to serve people in need.

    In implementing this Mission, we strive to empower people in natural resource-dependent communities to internalize conservation-friendly livelihoods improvement strategies. We assist them to promote the conservation, wise management and rational use of dependable forest and aquatic resources.

  • Overview:
  • The Centre for Environment and Human Development (CEHDev) is a 501(c)3 flagship conservation and development organization incorporated in the Commonwealth of Virginia (USA) on July 12 2007. Its organisational structure comprises an international, multi-locational Board of Directors, an Executive Office in Manassas, USA, an Africa Regional Office based in Yaoundé, Cameroon as well as 9 Country Offices in Central and West Africa.

    After our incorporation, rather than follow the mainstream path of opening a US office, applying for tax-exempt status and raising funds for our international programs, the Board opted for a different approach consisting of registering as a local organization and running projects and programs. The purpose of this approach was to gain first-hand experience in participatory conservation and livelihoods issues afflicting forest-dependent populations.

    Between 2008 and 2012, under the aegis of the then Cameroon Program Office, we active in Cameroon, assisting forest-dependent and other vulnerable local communities to adopt conservation-friendly livelihoods improvement strategies with funding from diverse sources. In all of our interventions, we provided valuable goods and services to target beneficiaries and beyond. In some circumstances we provided funds as start-up support necessary to achieve intended project/program outcomes. Below are 2 projects implemented during this period.

    Date: February 2008-July 2009
    Type of activity: Biodiversity conservation and Economic empowerment
    Funded by: Netherlands Committee for IUCN (NC-IUCN)
    Amount: €185,042
    In February 2008 we started implementing an 18-month project titled “Community Eco-Wealth Program: Biodiversity Conservation for Wealth Creation.” The program was located in the Bachuo’Ntai Biodiversity Corridor, a vast expanse of largely primary forest in Manyu Division of the South West Region of Cameroon. It was designed to tackle biodiversity loss by empowering local people to adopt livelihoods improvement strategies that support conservation through the wise management and rational use of dependent forest resources.
    The conservation component comprised
    -Biodiversity survey
    -Socio-economic survey
    -Resource assessments
    -Nursery establishment for NON-Timber Forest Products
    -Environmental education targeting schools and communities

    The livelihoods component consisted of the creation of a snail domestication facility that served as training grounds for community groups and as a seed bank for starting and sustaining community snail farms. In addition to training in snail domestication, each of the 48 user groups that participated in the program, received a grant of $US 200 to construct their snail pens, and 3000 seed snails to populate their farms.

    Date: June 2011-May 2012
    Type of activity: Forest governance
    Funded by: Forest Governance Facility (multiple donor basket fund)
    Amount: Fcfa 11,400,000 (USD 22,500)
    From June 2011 to May 2012 we implemented a “Multi-stakeholder Forest Governance Project” targeting inhabitants living in or adjacent to 2 protected areas in south western Cameroon. These are the Mount Cameroon National Park and the Southern Bakundu Forest Reserve. The 1-year initiative consisted of community mobilization, group formation, capacity-building and training in non-conventional livestock production (cane rat domestication, snail and mushroom growing and natural honey production. The project also involved the provision of start up funds of $US 300 per groups to set up non-conventional livestock production units of their choice.

    In addition to grants, we also received material donations from local and foreign donors. For instance The Missionary Vehicle Association (MIVA) Netherlands offered us 1 project vehicle and 5 project motorbikes worth 25,000 Euros.

  • History:
  • Created to identify and seek appropriate solutions to pressing environmental and development issues bedevilling rural, peri-urban and urban communities in the global South, we spent our formative years (2008-2012) testing the grounds in Cameroon where we have gradually proposed a process of alternative development whereby grassroots mobilization is seen as the hallmark of an innovative development process.

    After our 5-year ground-testing experience we developed a 5-year Strategic Plan designed to guide long term planning for the period 2014 to 2018. In implementing this Plan, and cognizant of the need to set practical, achievable and measurable objectives, our overseas programs, for the time being, focus on biodiversity-rich Central and West Africa where we have a track record of working on conservation and livelihoods issues with rural communities. This strategy is guided by our perceived priorities and goals, the quality of present and prospective manpower and the extent of our quest for efficient and accountable service delivery.

    Still in line with the Plan, in August 2012 we created our website and applied to the IRS for tax-exempt status. We correspondingly procured office space in Manassas which we did not functionalized until December 2013 after it became clear from our correspondence with the IRS that we would soon be granted tax-exempt status after a long series of hiccups resulting from our late application. We finally received the long-awaited Determination Letter on January 19, 2014.

    Since we functionalized our US office in Manassas in December 2013, our Cameroon Program Office located in Buea (South West Region) was closed, while we opened our Africa Regional Office in Yaoundé, the nation's capital.

  • Year established:2007
  • Endowment:Unknown

Staff

  • Executive / Trustee board size:10
  • Advisory board size:4
  • Staff size:18

Registration

  • Organization type:Grantseeker
  • Country of registration:United States
  • Tax Determination Letter:Received Determination Letter
  • IRS Section:501(c)(3)
  • IRS Subsection:None
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