Citizen Observers in eastern DRC and southwestern Uganda

Since 2019, two citizen observers (CO) networks, located in the Kivu region (eastern DRC) and southwestern Uganda, are surveying natural hazards and associated disasters, in the framework of the HARISSA project (2019-2023). Using smartphones or tablets, they collect information on earthquake, flood, hailstorm, landslide, lightning, and windstorm. The collected data (description, pictures, location of hazards and potential damages) are then transmitted to an online platform and analysed by CO supervisors who produce regular reports presenting the natural hazards and associated disasters situation in their regions. Beyond observing, CO are key actors in their local communities; they are in direct contact with the environment and play a role in awareness raising at the interface between communities and scientists. 

Southwestern Uganda Observers: The network consists of 25 members of local communities mostly involved in farming activities.

Kivu Citizen Observers: The network consists of 20 representatives of the North and South Kivu Civil Protection, supervised by Ildephonse Nguomoja and Jean Marie Bwishe, two colleagues of the Civil Protection (respectively North and South Kivu), and coordinated by Théo Mana from the Centre de Recherche en Sciences Naturelles de Lwiro. The team is presented below.

 

Alphonse
Alphonse MUNYABAGENZI
Territory: Nyiragongo
Province: North Kivu
Ley
Ley SISIMUKE
Territory: Walikale
Province: North Kivu
Marguerite
Marguerite KABEMBE
Territory: Bukavu
Province: South Kivu
AshFaq
Ash-Faq RAJABU
Territory: Kalehe
Province: South Kivu
Lucien
Lucien KAMALANGUMBU
Territory: Uvira
Province: South Kivu
Solange
Solange  KAHINDO
Territory: Beni ville
Province: North Kivu
Jules
Jules KAMBERE
Territory: Butembo
Province: North Kivu
Pascaline
Pascaline RIZIKI
Territory: Goma
Province: North Kivu
Barnabé
Barnabé HABAKARAMU
Territory: Idjwi
Province: South Kivu
Exaucé
Exaucé KAMBERE
Territory: Goma
Province: North Kivu
Justin
Justin HABYARIMANA
Territory: Rutshuru
Province: North Kivu
Aimé
Aimé LUBAGO
Territory: Bukavu
Province: South Kivu
Innocent
Innocent BAHATI
Territory: Masisi
Province: North Kivu
André
André SALONGO
Territory: Kabare
Province: South Kivu
JustinM
Justin MUHUSI
Territory: Kabare
Province: South Kivu
Tite
Tite MBIYA
Territory: Uvira
Province: South Kivu
Prudence
Prudence MWIHA
Territory: Walungu
Province: South Kivu
Prince
Prince BYENDA
Territory: Kalehe
Province: South Kivu
JeanRotin
Jean-Rotin KIMBULUMA
Territory: Beni
Province: North Kivu
Djimmy
Djimmy MUKANDA
Territory: Lubero
Province: North Kivu
Théo
Théo MANA
Supervisor of the CO
CRSN-Lwiro
Ildephonse
IIdephonse NGUOMOJA
Focal point HARISSA
Civil Protection, North Kivu
JeanMarie
Jean Marie BWISHE
Focal point HARISSA
Civil Protection, South Kivu
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