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Cameroon - Technical Advisory Mission

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.

Dates: 

Mon, 06/06/2011 to Fri, 10/06/2011

Host Institution: 

Department of Civil Protection (DPC) of the Ministry of Territorial Administration and Decentralization

Mission Team: 

The mission was coordinated by UN-SPIDER with the support of 10 experts from UNOCHA ROWA (Senegal), the National Space Research and Development Agency of Nigeria (NASRDA), the Algerian Space Agency (ASAL), the Regional Centre for Training in Aerospace Surveys (RECTAS), Planet Action France and DMC & DMCii (Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd.) of United Kingdom.

Mission Profile: 

The Mission included institutional visits to Cameroon ministries, UN institutions involved with disaster management or space-based technologies. A stakeholder workshop was organized bringing together more than 70 experts of the Cameroon disaster management, geospatial and academic community.

Mission Findings: 

  • The mission and related workshop have highlighted the high levels of expertise available across all participating organizations in Cameroon, including in the academic environment;
  • Educational capacities exist to train qualified professionals in various fields related to disaster management;
  • Resources for telecommunications (including satellite-based) are available to support prevention, early-warning and response in case of disasters;
  • Poor integration of information regarding natural hazards into environmental protection measures and a low level of awareness by the population regarding these hazards;
  • A lack of a comprehensive regulation governing natural hazards.

Mission Recommendations: 

The mission team recommends the incorporation of the use of space-based information in policies targeting civil protection and integrate the use of space based information in disaster-risk management and emergency response efforts carried out by the Civil Protection agency.

As the research and academic community is a major source of expertise for risk and disaster management, the country could benefit from mobilizing it better, in particular in the area of capacity building at the national level.

The Civil Protection agency would benefit from carrying out an awareness campaign targeting the national as well as the local levels on issues related to disaster-risk management, preparedness and emergency response.

The Civil Protection agency as well as other government agencies are recommended to offer trainings on the generation and use of space-based information in efforts related to disaster-risk management and emergency response.

Government agencies, including the Civil Protection agency, should establish a Geospatial Database Infrastructure as a way to share data more effectively.

UN-SPIDER could facilitate, on a periodic basis and at the request of all stakeholders, data and information to the National Observatory of Risks (ONR) established in 2003 and whose main mission is to centralize all available information on risks.

UN-SPIDER could also facilitate data and information to the Geological and Volcanological Research Station (ARGV) which monitors Lake Nyos, through the Director of Civil Protection.

Call for experts for Technical Advisory Mission to Cape Verde closed

In the May 2012 Updates, UN-SPIDER called for experts for its Technical Advisory Mission from 30 July to 3 August to Cape Verde. UN-SPIDER received numerous interesting applications for this opportunity and is still in the process of reviewing them. We will disclose the decision to the selected participants as soon as possible. We would like to ask those experts whom UN-SPIDER unfortunately cannot invite this time to stay alert as many other possibilities to participate in UN-SPIDER missions will come up in the near future.

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Publishing Date: 

Thu, 28/06/2012 - 12:19
Thu, 06/28/2012

UN-SPIDER news: 

0

UN-SPIDER May 2012 Updates

Issue Date: 

Mon, 04/06/2012
English

 The UN-SPIDER May 2012 Updates contain the following topics:

UN-SPIDER at a glance:

 

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Publishing Date: 

Tue, 20/03/2012 - 08:39

latitude: 

22

longitude: 

96
Tue, 03/20/2012

UN-SPIDER news: 

0

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Publishing Date: 

Tue, 20/03/2012 - 08:28

latitude: 

-21

longitude: 

-175
Tue, 03/20/2012

UN-SPIDER news: 

0

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Publishing Date: 

Fri, 02/09/2011 - 16:36

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latitude: 

8

longitude: 

81

UN-SPIDER news: 

0

June 2011

Technical Advisory Mission to Bangladesh

In March 2011 the Government of Bangladesh, through the

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Publishing Date: 

Fri, 01/07/2011 - 11:42

latitude: 

24

longitude: 

90

UN-SPIDER news: 

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UN-SPIDER Technical Advisory Mission to Cameroon

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

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Country/Region: 

Publishing Date: 

Mon, 27/06/2011 - 12:00

Free tagging: 

latitude: 

4

longitude: 

12

UN-SPIDER news: 

0

UN-SPIDER Technical Advisory Mission to Nigeria

The Government of Nigeria through its National

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Publishing Date: 

Fri, 24/06/2011 - 16:03

latitude: 

9

longitude: 

7

UN-SPIDER news: 

0

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