A workshop on discussing and sharing measures to mitigate environmental disasters has opened in Yaounde, Cameroon.
Organised by the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction in partnership with the CIMA Reserch Foundation and the Government of Cameroon, the workshop seeks to discuss and share risk probabilities in the environment.
“We are here to look at the results of some risk profiles that will allow us to look into the future and plan how to prevent and mitigate disaster risk in the future,”Katrina Mouakkid, UNSDR Risk Knowledge Programme Officer for the Regional office in Africa said.
For five days, stakeholders will be sensitised on evaluating disaster risk reduction, as well as strengthen their capacities to integrate the various climatic changes in development planning.
“We thank the United Nations systems, CIMA and UNISDR for taking the initiative to organise this workshop which comes at a time when we have had several disasters in our country like in Limbe and in Maroua where I personally sent to see the damages caused,”the Minister of Territorial Administration said while launching the workshop on Monday November 26 in Yaounde.
“The workshop will enable us to anticipate and manage such disasters in the future,”Atanga Nji added.
The problem at hand does not only concrn Cameroon but the sub region and the continent at large, reason why participants have been drawn from various corners of Africa to attend the workshop.