About CREPD

CREPD is a Cameroon based NGO created since 2004 dedicated to bridge the gap between science and action in Cameroon and sub-Sahara Africa and to promote sustainable development. The organization obtained its legal status in 2005. CREPD focuses on health and environmental issues in collaboration with government, industry, and non-governmental organizations. Arising from it experience in implementing the LEAD PAINT project in Cameroon and in Africa, CREPD is gradually specialize itself in advising informed decision and policy making process, as well as the national development planning on “what is needed at grassroots levels” to enable sustainable development through daily sound management of chemicals and wastes, sustainable agriculture, and responsible mining. Under the leadership of its Coordinator, CREPD is positioning itself as leading organization in international negotiations processes on chemicals safety based on sound science, networks building and lobbying skills. Many efforts are made to entail continuous capacity building through North-South collaborative research/activities (OK International, USA; BRI, USA; and Ashland University in Ohio, USA); and collaboration with national University through student internships and volunteering programs (ENSAI, University of Ngaoundere, Adamawa Region, Cameroon). Resources (in-kind and in cash) for activities implementation at CREPD come from voluntary contribution of its members, potential sponsors and donors, revenue from the services provided, interests income on deposits in banks. CREPD currently run with five staffs and many volunteers. Its financial and administrative management is guided by a “Administrative and Financial Guidance Document” adopted by the general assembly, which is the governing body of CREPD. Successful projects have been carried out on sound management of persistent toxic chemicals (mercury, lead, cadmium) in products including cosmetics, batteries, leather, and on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) to help implement the Stockholm Convention in Cameroon. CREPD has a consultative status with UNEP and is active in two public interest NGO umbrella organizations (International POPs Elimination Network and Health Care Without Harm).


Scientific papers published in peer reviewed International Journals

  1. Quantification and characterization of discarded batteries in Yaoundé, from the perspective of health, safety and environmental perspectives. Resources, Conservation and Recycling. 52(2008) 1077-1083.
  2. Gilbert KUEPOUO: Estimating environmental release of mercury from medical-thermometers and potential "hot spot" development: Case Study of need for improved waste management capacity in Cameroon, Resources, Conservation and Recycling 71 (2013) 48– 52
  3. Gottesfeld, Perry; Kuepouo, Gilbert; Tetsopgang, Samuel; and Durand, Kate: Lead Concentrations and Labeling of New Paint in Cameroon, Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene, 10:5, 243-249
  4. Jeffrey D. Weidenhamer a, Peter A. Kobunski a,GilbertKuepouob, Rebecca W. Corbin a, Perry Gottesfeld: Lead exposure from aluminum cookware in Cameroon, Science of the Total Environment 496 (2014) 339–347

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Partners /Donors to the programme

UNEP/Chemicals (UNEP GWMP, UNEP Hg Partnership) and Member of the Lead and Cadmium Working Group of UNEP/Chemicals; SAICM (CREPD is NGO national Focal point); Cameroon Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) (hospital waste management); Working with the Ministry of Environment, Protection of Nature and Sustainable Development; IPEN Participating Organization active in many specialized working Groups; Occupational Knowledge International (OK International); Remineralize The Earth (RTE); ZeroMercury Working Group; Consumers For Dental Choice; SSNC ;Many Universities (national and abroad) and Grassroots farmer organizations.