A national consultation workshop to explain the Global Network of Civil Society Organizations for Disaster Reduction (GNDR) Frontline survey results in Cameroon to local communities and other disaster risk reduction (DRR) stakeholders took place in the Cameroon Midlands city of Ngaoundéré (Adamaoua Region) on the 4th of June 2016. The workshop was organized by LIDEE (One of the Participating Organizations PO) in collaboration with GEADIRR (Cameroon National Coordinating Organization NCO). The workshop had participants from 5 (North, Adamaoua, Littoral Centre and Southwest) of the 8 regions where GNDR Frontline questionnaires were administered.
The 40 participants who took part in the workshop were leaders of POs who participated in the survey, representatives of government ministries (environment, territorial administration, and education), Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), counselors, traditional, & religious authorities.
The workshop had 3 sections:
(i) an introductory section during which national Frontline results on threats, consequences/impacts of the threats, actions taken to mitigate the threats, and barriers to the actions, were explained to participants. This was followed by questions and answers.
(ii) Group discussions during which participants in 3 groups reflected on how community members, CSOs, government, and corporate organizations working together, can create and sustainably maintain community resilience against disasters.
(iii) A plenary session synthesized the group work and made some recommendations – the most salient of which were to enhance community resilience by identifying and raising awareness on threats to which the communities are exposed, and to involve leaders of vulnerable local populations (people’s elected representatives) and CSOs in the search for resilience building and sustainable hazard mitigation measures.
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