Cameroon is regularly exposed to flooding due to its geographical position and meteorological conditions. As a result of climate change, this situation is worsening, leading to more extreme heavy rainfall but also to periods of drought. Furthermore, the population is growing rapidly, resulting in high settlement pressure and uncontrolled settlements, including in flood plains. This is where the INTEWAR research project comes in, with the following objectives:
The above objectives will be pursued in three pilot areas exposed to different threats and therefore different security scenarios. The network of representatives from ministries, research institutions, commercial enterprises and NGOs in Cameroon created during the definition phase enables the expertise, technologies and findings from security research in Germany to be transferred and jointly adapted to local requirements in Cameroon. To ensure sustainable implementation beyond the project term, great importance is attached to the integration of the Cameroonian partners at both the administrative and scientific level. A transfer of the concepts developed to other Cameroonian regions as well as to other regions in sub-Saharan Africa is being sought. The overall objective of the project is to enable the local population and local authorities to assess flood risks independently, to prevent natural disasters and to reduce health risks following a natural disaster.
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.