University of Buea - Buea, Cameroon

Unit or Programme:
Centre for Hazard Monitoring and Disaster Management (CEDIM)
Seismo-volcanic risks, hydro-meteorological risks, and water and food security risks
Unit Director:
Prof Samuel Ayonghe
Contact details:
Prof Samuel Ayonghe
(+237) 677738438
(+237) 679701138

The University of Buea (UBuea) was established in 1993 and is one of only two English-speaking universities in Cameroon. The student population is approximately 12,000, with 300 permanent and 200 part-time teaching staff. The University is actually situated on the slopes of Mount Cameroon, an active volcano, and Disaster risk as a field of research at UBuea commenced as a result of the publication of results on landslides at Bafaka in 1998. Academic modules of natural disasters and risk reduction are taught in the departments of Environmental Science, Geology and Geography at both the undergraduate and postgraduate levels. The Centre for Hazard Monitoring and Disaster Management (CEDIM) which is headed by Professor Samuel Ayonghe, the Dean of Science at UBuea.


Over the years Cameroon has experienced several severe hazardous events; Cameroon experiences some of the greatest volcanic and seismic activity on the continent, with Mount Cameroon erupting on average every 16 years. A consequence of these activities has been numerous landslides which cause major destruction and disruption and often death. In 2001, there were landslides at Limbe which killed 23 people and were equally managed and monitored by this author. In 2003 more landslides occurred in Wabane and again were managed and monitored by this author and his team. Several publications and theses (MSc and PhD) evolved from these studies. Other areas of research (for publications and for students’ theses) have been on the asphyxiating CO2 gases from crater lakes, on floods, and on micro-seismicity (earthquakes) associated with the constant movement of magma within this active volcano which precede and accompany its eruptions.


Academic Courses

   BDU-UG Students at Class
BDU academic programmes include both undergraduate and postgraduate courses which include;

Short courses

The DRMS hosts several short courses and training modules on risk reduction and livelihood security which include;

  • Introduction to Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) in Urban Areas
  • Role of Media in Disaster Risk Management
  • Disaster Risk Reduction & Climate Change Adaptation Planning
  • Participatory Risk, Vulnerability and Capacity Assessment (PCVA) Workshop and Community led DRM and CC Adaptation Planning