UCLA’s Center for Tropical Research addresses global environmental challenges through research in conservation, biodiversity and climate change.
If you could help 500 million people in one of the most underdeveloped and long-suffering regions on Earth live healthier, eat better, drink clean water and protect their environment, would you?
Of course you would.
But what if you could help those 500 million people do all those things for themselves? Wouldn’t that be better? Of course it would.
This is the mission of the Center for Integrative Development/Cameroon (CIDC/), a permanent, multidisciplinary enterprise focused on evidence-based solutions to the most critical developmental challenges in Central Africa. Located in Yaounde, Cameroon, the geographic and cultural “hinge” between Western and Central Africa, the CID/C, in partnership with other international and regional organizations, is a research, training and education center in one of the most biodiverse — and environmentally endangered — countries in Africa.
It is a hub where international and local researchers come together and address some of the region’s most pressing concerns: climate change, loss of biodiversity, food and water security and public health issues. Key to the CID/C mission is to provide a permanent multidisciplinary resource and a wellspring for other centers of excellence in the region to support native academicians and scientists.
The CID/C is one of many extraordinary programs of the senior scientists, graduate students and staff of UCLA’s Center for Tropical Research (CTR). A research unit of the UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability since 2002, CTR includes 50 affiliated faculty members across multiple disciplines and dozens of research fellows, all doing fieldwork across the globe, from the Amazon rain forest to the Congo Basin to the coral reefs of the Pacific Ocean.
Gifts to the center help us understand biodiversity, particularly in the tropics, and advance conservation efforts that protect species and their habitats. In the process, these dedicated scientists, using the latest technologies from satellite imagery to molecular genetics, tackle many of the problems that threaten the well-being of our planet.
With the creation of CID/C, CTR continues its dedication to seeking practical solutions to local environmental problems that have global impact. And the planet will be better for it.
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