Geo-Environmental Resource Association
(GERAS) is a Cameroonian Geo-Environmental and Ecological Association that is non-profit making, non denominational, charitable, development orientated and apolitical in nature. GERAS, specifically referred to as GERAS CAMEROON was founded in 2011, obtained its non-profit making status and went operational in 2013 and obtained special consultative status with the United Nation’s Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) in 2017. . GERAS CAMEROON is a dynamic team dominated by Geologists, Geographers, Biologists, Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Experts, Geo-Spatial Information System (GIS) Experts, Chemists, Educationists, Journalists and other specialists; called up to validate the Association’s Missions and Visions. GERAS CAMEROON has been vetted nationally by the Civil Society Strengthening Program (PASC) of the Cameroon-European Union Corporation, and internationally by the Global Giving Foundation and One Percent for the Planet (1%FTP). GERAS has developed good partnerships nationally in Cameroon and internationally; and is still looking out for more partnership opportunities. You are welcomed to be a long term partner of GERAS if we share similar visions, values and approaches.
Mission and Vision
GERAS CAMEROON’s mission is to ensure that humankind lives in harmony with the other living and non-living components of the environment. GERAS CAMEROON works in carrying out massive sensitization on the need for environmental protection, and partnering with like-minded organizations to share ideas. GERAS CAMEROON envisages a World in general, and Cameroon in particular where every human being is conscious about his or her role in environmental protection. GERAS CAMEROON works in three Regions of Cameroon (SW, NW, and Center) with Primary School Children, Secondary School Students, Government Agencies, other Non Profit Organizations and the local community in the domain of environmental education and conservation actions. GERAS is going nationwide especially with its special consultative status with ECOSOC.
Approach and Values
GERAS CAMEROON’s approach is based on the concept of “thinking globally and acting locally”, with participatory, inclusive and empowering methodologies. GERAS CAMEROON holds tight to the values of professionalism, appreciation of diversity, objectivity and impartiality in serving the community, distinction and excellence in work, integrity, transparency and accountability, volunteerism, participation, cooperation, partnership building, communication, no racial or tribal discrimination and gender equality in service.
Theory of Change
As an implementing agency, GERAS CAMEROON’s theory of change is based on building its capacity to support effective implementation, monitoring and evaluation and program management.
GERAS CAMEROON’s activities (capacity building workshops and seminars; communication, networking, campaigning, community project implementation), will improve the lives of local and poor people in Cameroon by filling the knowledge and skills gap that currently influence the way the people interact with the environment, mitigate and adapt to climate change. These community services will contribute to the alleviation of poverty.
GERAS CAMEROON’s Theory of Change is a conceptual model of how the program activities are intended to stimulate short, medium and long term changes to achieve the overall goal, which is to ensure that the environment is protected and man is able to live in harmony with both the living and non-living components of the environment.