Welcome to the homepage of the research project INTEWAR. The joint project "INTEWAR - Innovative Technologies for the containment of Water Associated Diseases" is dedicated to the issues of floods and drought in the African country of Cameroon, which often have catastrophic effects on human health as well as on the economic and ecological values there.

The research project

The project is funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) on the guideline “IKARIM – International Disaster and Risk Management” as part of the Federal Government’s “Research for Civil Security” program.

INTEWAR contributes to the research themes “Disaster preparedness and mitigation” and “Disaster management and recovery”.

The pilot areas

The investigations carried out within the framework of the project focus on several pilot areas, which differ significantly from a water management perspective –

Consequently, the disaster scenarios to be examined also differ. These differences, and thus measures adapted to the circumstances, enhance the transferability of the findings to other regions in sub-Saharan Africa.

Key areas of work

Flood hazard maps SOA

One of the goals of the Institute of Hydraulic Engineering and Water Resources Management (IWW) at RWTH Aachen University is the creation of flood hazard maps on the basis of a hydraulic runoff model for the project regions…

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Results of water and soil analyses

The Institute for Occupational, Social and Environmental Medicine (IASU) of the University Hospital Aachen is investigating the contamination of water and soil with chemical substances in the INTEWAR project…

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Fourth project trip to Cameroon

As part of the 4th project trip, a six-member delegation from the INTEWAR project travelled to Cameroon between 26 October and 4 November. The team consisted of two staff members each from FiW e.V., IHPH and IWW. On site, the delegation was joined by staff from…

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World Water Forum in Dakar

The 9th World Water Forum (WWF) was held under the topic “Water Security for Peace and Development” and was hosted for the first time in Senegal…

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Flood hazard maps for SOA produced

The Institute of Hydraulic Engineering and Water Resources Management (IWW) at RWTH Aachen University has reached an important milestone by completing the first flood hazard maps for the project area Soa…

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Cameroonian-German cooperation intensified

In addition to many new insights, the first trip to Cameroon has also intensified the cooperation between the Cameroonian and German project partners. Since October, the partners have been regularly exchanging information…

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First trip to Cameroon

After more than a year of digital coordination meetings in the German consortium and with the Cameroonian partners, FiW and IHPH made a first successful trip to Cameroon. For eleven days, the team visited potential pilot sites for the construction of decentralized drinking water treatment plants, presented…

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First aerial photographs received from Cameroon

In May of this year, the Institute of Hydraulic Engineering and Water Resources Management (IWW) at RWTH Aachen University commissioned a Cameroonian partner company, SOGEFI (Société de Géomatique et d’Expertise Foncière à l’International),…

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Launch household survey in Soa

The IHPH at the University Hospital Bonn will record the drinking water supply structure, georeference water sources and conduct microbiological analyses in the study areas. Essential components of the IHPH’s work…

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Drone survey subcontracted

In the project, the Institute of Hydraulic Engineering and Water Resources Management (IWW) of RWTH Aachen University is responsible for the preparation of digital terrain models of the project areas in Cameroon, …

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