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INTEWAR – sustainable use of water in Cameroon

Innovative technologies for the reduction of water-related diseases

The Central African country of Cameroon is regularly exposed to flooding due to its geographical location and meteorological conditions. The flooding is becoming more frequent and intense as a result of climate change. At the same time, periods of drought are also occurring more often. Additionally, rapid population growth is increasing the already high settlement pressure, resulting in uncontrolled settlements with critical hygienic conditions and supply structures. In these areas, extreme climatological events have catastrophic effects on human health, but also lead to immense economic and ecological damage.

Project Goal

INTEWAR aims to develop a concept for the prevention and control of floods and drought in three exemplary pilot regions. Specific components are protection concepts for buildings and critical infrastructures, a monitoring concept for the control of drinking water quality, and alarm and emergency plans for disaster management. The installation of a decentralized drinking water treatment plant shall ensure the supply of clean drinking water to the population in case of a disaster. Awareness raising and training measures will raise the local population’s awareness of hygiene, health and drinking water quality.

The results of the project should enable Cameroonian authorities in the pilot regions to evaluate flood risks independently, prevent natural disasters and minimize health risks resulting from these disasters. The results will be transferable to other regions in Cameroon and other subsaharian countries.

CONTACT

Dipl.-Ing. Manuel Krauß
+49 (0) 241 80 2 68 43 / E-Mail

Mark Braun, M.Sc.
+49 (0) 241 80 2 68 46 / E-Mail

CUSTOMER

Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)

PROJECT PARTNERS

Institut für Hygiene und Öffentliche Gesundheit (IHPH) am Universitätsklinikum Bonn; Institut für Arbeits-, Sozial- und Umweltmedizin (IASU), Uniklinik der RWTH Aachen; Lehrstuhl und Institut für Wasserbau und Wasserwirtschaft (IWW) der RWTH Aachen; PAULA Water GmbH