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Participants in the 7th Africa Working Group Meeting (Image: UNISDR)

The 7th Africa Working Group Meeting on Disaster Risk Reduction that was celebrated from 21 to 22 July, followed by the 4th High Level Meeting on Disaster Risk Reduction on 23 July, has been the starting point for the implementation the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction in Africa.

Representatives from the majority of African countries, the African Union, Africa’s Regional Economic Communities and a host of other international organizations have sat together for three days of talks in Yaoundé, Cameroon. The aim of this meeting was to compare the existing disaster risk reduction programmes in Africa with the Sendai Framework and try to narrow the gap between them.

“We are now at a stage where our efforts are concentrating on paving the road for effective implementation of the Sendai Framework on the continent in the next 15 years. This is... read more

Publishing Date: 23/07/2015

UN-SPIDER, upon the request of its National Focal Point in Cameroon, requested support through its network to acquire satellite imagery of the Kousseri area, Logone et Chari district, in the far North of Cameroon. The region is experiencing serious floods leaving tens of thousands of people homeless and causing heavy damages. UN-SPIDER and its partners were able to extend a previous activation of the International Charter "Space and Major Disasters" to provide satellite imagery to this region as well. The Charter had been activated on 10 October 2012 by UNITAR/UNOSAT on behalf of UNICEF for floods in neighboring Chad. UNITAR/UNOSAT which also took the role of the Project Manager for this activation agreed to support the request. The UNOSAT map products are... read more

Publishing Date: 24/10/2012

The International Charter Space and Major Disasters was activated for floods on Thursday 6 September 2012 in the region of Maga, Mayo-Danay, Cameroon. The Charter was activated by the United States Geological Survey (USGS) on behalf of Civil Protection Directorate, Cameroon.

Extreme floods have devastated Northern regions of Cameroon. Nearly 20 people have died and thousands more are left homeless. Continuous rainfall and the release of the Ladgo Dam caused the Benoe River to burst its banks, which flooded neighbouring residential areas. Faro, Mayo Louti, and Benoue areas were most hard-hit by the floods, destroying crop and rice fields thus causing shortages of food supplies. There are growing concerns of infections such as cholera and malaria being spread through flood waters. Rescue operations are under way; more than 2,500 people have been medically treated and placed into tents... read more

Publishing Date: 07/09/2012

In June 2011, UN-SPIDER conducted a Technical Advisory Mission in Cameroon following the request by the Government of Cameroon, represented by the Ministry of Territorial Administration and Decentralization, Department of Civil Protection. The goal was to assess the use of space-based technology and information for disaster management and emergency... read more

Publishing Date: 23/05/2012
The Cameroonian radio channel RTV referred to the training that has been coordinated by UN-SPIDER on the use on space-based information for disaster management and emergency. The four-day training took place in Yaoundé from 7 to 11 May 2012 and aimed at sensitizing the civil protection personnel and the decision makers to the use of space-based technology in the management of natural disasters such as floods, earthquakes, and gas explosions. In addition, a short interview of Lóránt Czárán, a UN-SPIDER expert was broadcasted. Mr. Czárán gave further information about the scope of UN-SPIDER and its role in facilitating... read more
Publishing Date: 23/05/2012

In October 2010, the Government of Cameroon, represented by the Ministry of Territorial Administration and Decentralization, Department of Civil Protection, officially requested a UN-SPIDER Technical Advisory Mission to assess the use of space-based technology and information for disaster management and emergency... read more

Publishing Date: 27/06/2011

UN-SPIDER Training Activity

Remote Sensing for Disaster Management

The training was conducted in French language using software donated by Esri (ArcGIS 10 French) and the ILWIS Academic version. The group had access to recent very high resolution Quickbird sample images over hotspots in Cameroon, courtesy of...

Date of training: 05/05/2012 to 09/05/2012
Télédétection aux fins de la Gestion des Catastrophes

La formation s’est déroulée en français en utilisant un logiciel fourni par Esri (ArcGIS 10 Français) la version ILWIS Academic. Le groupe a eu accès à des images Quickbird récentes de très haute résolution sur les ports au Cameroun grâce à Digital Globe, Inc. La formation portait sur les éléments de...

Date of training: 05/05/2012 to 09/05/2012

Advisory Support

Cameroon is exposed to floods in the far north, landslides in the western mountainous regions and to carbon dioxide emissions from the bottom of Lake Nyos likely to cause explosions. Between 1980 and 2010, Cameroon witnessed nearly 40 significant disasters which, according to official figures, killed 4,931 people, affected 272,180 others and caused economic damage in the range of millions of dollars. The Government of Cameroon requested a UN-SPIDER Technical Advisory Mission to assess the potential of space-based information in responding to these hazards.

Mission dates: 06/06/2011 to 10/06/2011

Event

The Africa Working Group (AWG) on Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) meets bi-annually to take stock of the progress made regionally on the implementation of the Hyogo Framework for Action (HFA) and the Africa Regional Strategy for DRR and its Extended Programme of Action: 2006-2015. 

The seventh extended Africa AWG meeting takes place following the adoption of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030 (SFDRR), thus the overall objective will be to agree on concrete follow-up actions and political commitments to ensure effective implementation of the SFDRR in the continent. 

More specifically, in an effort to deliver on the Decision of the... read more

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The Ministry is responsible for the coordinated development of all transportation. It maintains and regulates the organization, and the functioning of air, rail, road and maritime transport. It formulates and implements legislative and statutory measures relating to transport safety. The Ministry is responsible for civil aviation as well as river and maritime navigations.

Contact: mintrans [at] camnet.cm

Website: http://www.mint.gov.cm/

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has the responsibility of promoting and protecting Cameroon's and its citizens' interests abroad. Contact: Hon. Henri Eyebe Ayissi +237 3221 1993

For more information please visit: http://www.diplocam.cm/

The Regional Centre for training in Aerospace Surveys was created in 1972 under the auspices of the UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) with a mandate for Training, Research, Consultancy and Advisory Services in Geo informatics. Participating countries at the moment are: Benin, Burkina, Cameroon, Ghana, Mali, Niger, Nigeria and Senegal.

The areas of expertise of RECTAS are education and training programs, master program, research activities, support, consultancy and advisory services in Geo Informatics.

Website: www.rectas.org

The ARGV is responsible for implementing a programme of geophysical and geochemicl studies, within the IRGM. This structure focuses on natural hazards, and structural, geodynamic, and geological prospection. Several projects have been established since 1982, that have mainly focused on the Cameroon Volcanic Line (CVL) and in particular, Mount Cameroon, the only active volcano on a chain which extends over 1,500 km. Activities are conducted in three laboratories: the Seismology Laboratory, the Laboratory of Applied Geophysics, and the Laboratory of Volcanology. Website: http://www.irgm-cameroun.org/article.php?aid=12

UNDP is the United Nations' global development network available to the UN system. Advocating for change and connecting countries to share knowledge, experience and resources to help people build a better life. Present in 177 countries and territories, its programme in Cameroon is focused on the implementation of programs to help improve living conditions of poor and to support the process of human development, sustainable and equitable. The priorities in Cameroon are a democratic governance, to reduce poverty and meet de Millennium Development Goals and the development of an energetic system sustainable and environmentally friendly.

Website: http://www.cm.undp.org/

The Ministry is in charge of implementing and developing government policies and programmes in higher education. It studies and advises the government on ways to adapt the higher education system to national social and economic realities; particularly on the appropriateness of higher education in regards to the needs of the national economy. The Ministry works in partnership with both the public and the private sector. Website: http://www.minesup.gov.cm/

The Ministry of Territorial Administration and Decentralization is under the authority of the Minister of Territorial Administration and Decentralization assisted by the Minister Delegate in charge of Regional and Local Authorities. The Ministry is responsible for the preparation, implementation and assessment of Government policy on territorial administration, civil protection and decentralization. It has supervisory authority over the Special Council Support Fund for Mutual Assistance (FEICOM), some public institutions charged with the implementation of decentralization, and the Local Government Training Centre (CEFAM).

Website: MINATD

Disaster

An outbreak of measles occurred in Northern Cameroon since early 2008, and intensified with the arrival of Chadian refugees in that locality in February 2008. Government organized an immunization campaign in 2008, but several families deliberately refused to get their children vaccinated.

Source : Glide number

Since 25 January 2010, two cases of measles have been discovered within the camp. The Cameroon Red Cross Society that has been managing the camp has intensified epidemiological surveillance.

Source: GLIDEnumber

A cholera epidemic is currently hitting the Mogode, Kousseri, Makary and Mada health districts of Far North Region of Cameroon.

Source: http://www.glidenumber.net/glide/public/search/details.jsp?glide=19122

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