Anthoine Sumbede Sumbede
Born and brought up in Cameroon, I am currently involved in biomonitoring activities in some protected areas in the South West Region of Cameroon. Being a disabled person in the field of conservation, with little or no practical field experience, my interest in conservation research is geared towards building a strong background in Project design and implementation, data analysis and reporting.
With my economics academic background, I started work in 2013 as Finance / Administrative Assistant with Korup Rainforest Conservation Society (KRCS), a local conservation NGO in Mundemba – gate way to Korup National Park. my responsibilities were financial management, reporting and arranging logistics for wildlife monitoring teams. During the Darwin Initiative Project in Korup National Park executed by WildCRU and KRCS, I did some data entry, prepared data collection sheets and data management in the office. I have also played similar roles in other projects executed and managed by KRCS. Over the years, there has been increasing need for people with capacity to management and analyze data and report results of different surveys and projects. My role and interest gradually shifted from just administrative and financial management to more wildlife data management and analysis.
In 2020, following the long-term contract between KRCS and the Programme for the Sustainable Management of Natural Resources in the South West Region of Cameroon (PSMNR-SWR), I was given the Post of Biomonitoring Project Assistant and my role has been in assisting research, fieldwork logistics, data management, basic analysis and reporting.
Despite my inability to participate in field work, I have realized I still play a crucial role in the delivery of wildlife research projects. I have also developed deep interest in wildlife research projects in general and wildlife data management and analysis in particular to fill the specific human resource gaps in my organization (KRCS) and Cameroon in general.
Joining the WildCRU international wildlife conservation practice diploma course, my expectation is to improve research and conservation skills plus strengthen my knowledge in ecology. This will also be my greatest academic achievement in the field of conservation.