Infrastruktur und Umwelt

Delegation from Cameroon visits INFRASTRUKTUR & UMWELT

From July 9th to 21st 2018, INFRASTRUKTUR & UMWELT (IU) welcomed a delegation of five officials from Cameroon in Darmstadt and Potsdam.

The employees from the Cameroon Ministry of Economy, Planning and Regional Development (MINEPAT) as well as from regional planning associations in the region of North-West Cameroon visited Germany in the course of training and capacity building measures, which IU organised in the ongoing project “regional development planning for North-West Cameroon”. Under the direction of Prof. Hans Reiner Böhm and Dr. Peter Heiland and together with the IU-team, the guest took part in training workshops regarding regional, land use and infrastructural planning in Germany and Cameroon and visited several planning authorities in Wiesbaden, Mannheim, Heidelberg, Berlin, Potsdam, Frankfurt/Oder as well as Dresden and Leipzig.

Apart from this exchange of spatial planning experience at German federal, state and regional authorities, there were several other topics on the agenda as well: possibilities towards decentralisation, federalism and best practice regarding the development of different infrastructural systems. The improvement of sectoral planning like waste and energy system planning, renewable energies, transport system planning and e-mobility have also been discussed lively.

„We saw a lot. We learnt a lot. We came as colleagues. We leave as friends. And we will bring very much knowledge and experience back to our brothers and sisters in Cameroon. We hope our country and Cameroon’s Northwest Region can make great benefit of with this”, concluded the head of delegation, Yenai Assah Dominic, Regional Delegate MINEPAT in the North-West during the final evening at IU’s summer barbecue with which IU said goodbye to the delegation.

After the regional analysis is concluded, the second phase of the project is upcoming: development scenarios are worked out which build a basis for the development of a specific spatial development plan as well as an action plan in the third phase. The project is running until 2019.