Following the first workshop on hydroclimatic risks concepts and regulation at national and international levels in November 2017 (see blog post here), a second workshop on hydroclimatic project writing and financing was organised from May 30th to June 1st 2018 at Global Water Partnership Central Africa Head office with the support of UNESCO, Water Youth Network and GWP/WMO Associated Programme on Flood Management. This is in line with « Enhancing Youth Participation to flood and drought disaster risk reduction in developing countries (EYD2R) » action plan and two of the recommendations of the first workshop: i) include participative and systemic approaches in the prevention and management of floods and droughts, ii) reinforce collaboration between research, communities, civil society and advisory services.
This workshop aimed to :
This three-day workshop with 10 specialists from UNWOMEN, GWP Caf, RED CROSS, UNESCO, JAD, J2D-Africa, and Water For Life Cameroon was organised over 10 presentations, 5 practical sessions and a nice certificate handling ceremony with representatives from GWP, Water Youth Network, Civil Protection Agency, District Authority. The ceremony was chaired by GWP Cameroon President.
These three days of training and brainstorming resulted in the identification of three priority field projects on DRR, two priority research topics and a detailed WASH intervention in a post-flood response strategy for a coastal area. The field projects were focusing on reducing vulnerability to flooding risks and associated health and pollution risks. The research topics were mainly addressing flood risk prevention and response system mapping.
The ceremony was also an occasion for the attending youth to get more familiar with the Water Youth Network, as they had the opportunity to interact with the WYN IWRM Co-Coordinator.
The youth trained will be mentored during the next months to prepare relevant projects and seek for funding. Discussions are ongoing to select the group of mentors who will guide those young Cameroonian Disaster Risk Reducers. A Whatsapp group of 33 young people is active and a lot of new and documents are shared there. We look forward to providing further updates soon.