Martin N. Etone


He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Botany from the University of Buea in Cameroon.  He equally received certificate courses in Community Forestry and Field Botany from DFID-Cameroon and the Smithsonian Institute and the Missouri Botanic Garden in the USA respectively.

Martin has a wealth of experience in project management, conservation and development matters, working with several communities across Cameroon.

As a Botanist, he started working with plants as a student and eventually fell in love with nature. He taught biology at the Inter-comprehensive High School in Buea from 1991-1992 and later worked for the Centre for the Environment and Rural Transformation (CERUT), a conservation NGO based in the South West of Cameroon as Head of the Forestry Unit for four years. While at CERUT, he assisted in carrying out biological and socio-economic surveys, building local capacities in conservation-related livelihood initiatives as well as promoting biodiversity conservation among communities around protected areas in the Bakossi Landscape.   When he left CERUT in 2002, his urge to contribute to conservation and to curb human misery increased, thus, he founded the Community Action for Development (CAD) in 2003.