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The Centre for Research on the Epidemiology of Disasters (CRED) recently held a training program on National Retrospective Disaster Loss Databases in Yaoundé, Cameroon, from September 26-28, 2023. The objective of the training was to provide a disaster loss data collection methodology and digitalization procedures. The purpose is to enhance a better understanding and management of local disaster risks via the development of databases archiving historical disaster impacts at the subnational level. This effort involves comprehensive documentation of past disaster events and identification of specific local disaster risk needs, which should enable more effective data collection approaches.

This program, part of the larger EM-DAT project, was led by CRED in collaboration with the Cameroonian Civil Society Organization for Civil Protection (Fédération Nationale de la Protection Civile Camerounaise, FNPC-CMR) and supported by the Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance (BHA) of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). The Cameroonian Civil Society Organization for Civil Protection hosted the training, which was attended by 15 participants from this institution.

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