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Land Degradation and Surveillance Framework (LDFS)
Three days’ training of 15 participants from ICRAF to expose them to the various methods and tools used in the characterization and mapping of ecosystems.

Field survey with Bokito (currently in Etiomolo), followed by Lomié.

In 2014/2015, two sentinel sites (Etiolomo and Ayos) were sampled – the main data collected per sentinel site included soil surface characterization; vegetation assessment and measurement; soil sampling; soil texture; visible soil erosion; soil infiltration capacity; land form and land cover classification; and woody cover.

In 2016, two additional sites were sampled.

Socioeconomic aspect
From 2013 to 2016, socioeconomic surveys were conducted in 38 villages in the CAFHUT sentinel landscape sites (Mintom, Bokito, Lomié and Ayos).

Villages were selected using criteria such as size, hospitality, accessibility and ethnic composition.

Data were collected using International Forestry Resources and Institutions (IFRI) survey tools (focus groups of 10-20 persons; key informants; leaders; implications for women were included as much as possible; and household surveys).

Census information was collected from local administrations and partners and random walks; key informants were also used.

A total of 936 households were surveyed (Mintom-138; Bokito-32; Lomié-202 and Ayos-272; this represents 30% of the total number of households per village).

Institutional mapping
Several exchanges with the methodology group.

Meeting in Yaoundé to ensure a common understanding of the survey tools.

Field work initiated at Ayos and Bokito.

Some site visits were conducted to exchange views and information with health-related stakeholders (health personnel, traditional authorities, traditional health offers, etc.).

Information collected comprised distance to health centers; health personnel; plants and trees used for health treatments; household health situations, etc.

This was followed by discussions on the findings to develop methodological tools.

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