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Staff and Students of the Department of Geography and Environmental Studies
participate in a United Nations Human Settlement programme (UN-Habitat)
and Bamenda City Council Training Seminar.



In line with efforts geared towards the attainment of Sustainable Development Goal 11— “Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable”, and as part of an on-going collaboration between the Department of Geography and Environmental Studies of CATUC and the Bamenda City Council on a United Nations Human Settlement programme (UN-Habitat) project dubbed:  “Assessment of Public and Market Space in the Bamenda City Area, Cameroon”, Two staff members (Mr. Wirba Lucas and Mr. Bruno Baye) and some students of the Department were involved in a training seminar organized by UN-Habitat/Bamenda City Council. The Seminar which held from the 16th to 19th of August was meant to train staff and students on the use of  modern urban public space data collection tools (Mind craft and KOBO Tool Box) to map out green and open spaces in Bamenda. The training basically served as a startup process towards data collection on open public space, market space and city parks in Bamenda in the face of population increase. At the end of the training participants were sent to the field to test the application of these data collection tools (Mind craft and KOBO Tool Box) using their smart phones to identify public space (boulevards squares sidewalks, passages and galleries etc.) and Public Facilities. The data obtained from the field using the software which was installed in their smartphones were automatically recorded in the KOBO Tool data base and was monitored online by a central coordination team. The seminar ended with the ward of certificates of participation. It should be noted that the UN-Habitat intervenes in the following areas - urban governance, public policy, urban housing and urban development as a whole. It is present in over 80countries in the world and has so far implemented five (5) projects in Cameroon to include Energy efficiency and sustainability, slum upgrading, public space, market space and recreational parks. The upcoming project with the Bamenda city council is the sixth.

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