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As part of celebrations marking this year’s world environment day, GEADIRR sensitized the local population on the importance of advoiding pollutions; air, rivers/sea and land. Targeted audience were inhabitants of the Unity quarter which are faced with mass wasting each year caused by heavy rains. The hill slopes are relatively unstable due to the pyroclastic nature of the soil from Mt-Cameroon historical volcanic events. GEADIRR is working with the local community on tree planting exercises as an approach to keep the hill slopes stable and contribute to air pollution mitigation and other related issues.

Landslide has been reported several times over the last two decades in the city of Limbe with a number of casualties recorded. Most slope of >300 with people inhabited has resulting in several instances in landslide incidences in and around the city. Rainfall of high intensity and sometimes prolong over several days has been the main trigger of these landslides couple with human activities which exposed to the population of land slide through increasing the level of vulnerability. Limbe is located in one of the rainiest parts of Cameroon, closer to Debundcha with a recorded >4000mm. Away from the main city of Limbe to other settlements along the Cameroon coast in the west flank of the Cameroon mountain, the area is more plain with limited hill slopes and therefore more reduced risk of landslide as compare to Limbe city which is sometimes exacerbated by the increasing human populations.

The increasing destruction of natural buffers of sea waves which continuously beat the shores. In the process of the wave actions coupled with anthropogenic activities, the shores are getting more exposed in some localities with signs of rapid destruction of mangroves ecosystem which acts as natural buffers to sea waves. The local population were sensitized on the importance of preserving this natural environment for the good and benefit of nature and man.

This year’s celebrations has taken into consideration the need for preparedness and moving from disaster risk management to risk management as preemptive approaches to avoiding unforeseen circumstances.

Collaboration between the local community, local government and civil society organization is the wayward that will achieve the SDG overarching goal of leaving no one behind.

Clearing of water way of plastics, an approach to mitigation the occurrence of flooding.

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