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Dr. Albert Djemetio




Pre-fellowship host institute

Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences(IRES), Yaounde- Cameroon Centre of Environmental Risk Management (CIRM)

Host institute

Meiji Gakuin University

Host researcher

Prof. Hiroji Isozaki

Fellowship period

2007/11/20 - 2009/11/19

Research field

Social sciences


Research title

Wastewater Use for Urban Agriculture in Selected Sub-Saharan Africa Cities: Human Health and Environmental Impacts


The reason for choosing Japan to conduct research

My research focuses on issues of water resources management in the context of sustainable development. With management practices that range among the best in the world and a high literary rate on water saving with advanced technologies existing in water recycling cities, Japan emerged as the best place for me to deepen my knowledge of water management.

Research achievements

1.Selected Lectures

-“Indigenous Revolution as a Basis for a Sustainable Management of Wetland Ecosystems: Learning from the Waza-Logone Floodplain in Cameroon”. Paper presented at the Academic Meeting of the Kyushu Association of Research on United Nations, Seinan Gakuin University, Fukuoka, Japan
-“Understanding Rural and Urban Poverty and its Link to Environmental Degradation in Sub- Saharan Africa: Issues, Linkages, and Policy Actions”. Lecture Series No 1, Meiji Gakuin University, May 2, 2008
- “Sustainable Water Resources Management in Developing Countries: Empowering Women for Sustainable Long-term Water Security”. Lecture Series No 2, Meiji Gakuin University, May 15, 2008
-“Innovative Sanitation in African Peri-Urban Areas: Its Link to Human and Environmental Health”. Key-note Address at the Kanagawa City College of Advanced Studies Seminars. October 17, 2008

2. Selected Conferences, Seminars and Meetings

- “What drives Water Shortages in Africa: Issue and Policy Recommendations”. Interim Research Paper presented at the Kanagawa Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES), Fresh Water Project. February 11-12, 2008. Kanagawa, Japan ?
- “Traditional Knowledge as a Basis for Wetland Resources Management: Lessons from the Logone-Chari Floodplain in Cameroon and the Katano-Kamoike Freshwater Lake in Japan”. Paper presented at the Asian Wetland Symposium. Hanoi, Vietnam, May 23-26, 2008
- “Alternative Water Resources and Low-Cost Recycle Program as an Effort to Strengthen Ground Water Management in Africa: Policy Initiatives”. Paper presented at the 12th African Ministers’ Council on Water. Tunis, Tunisia July 17, 2008.

3. Forthcoming Publications

-“Conceptual Issues in the Pricing of Water Resources for Human and Environmental Needs in Africa”. To appear in Water and Land Resources Development Corporation: Germany.
-“New Level of Water and Sanitation Awareness in Africa: Where do we stand to the 2015 MDG Targets?” To appear in African Water Policy Report 2009.
- “Traditional Knowledge Development as a Basis for Wetland Resources Management: Lessons from the Logone-Chari Floodplain in Cameroon and the Katano-Kamoike Freshwater Lake in Japan”. Proceedings of the 2008 Asian Wetlands Symposium, Hanoi-Vietnam.

4. Contributions to JSPS Events

- “The Environmental and Human Health Impact of Waste Invasion in World Mega-Cities”. Lecture no 1 for the JSPS Science Dialogue, The Yamanashi Prefectural Tsuru High School October 21, 2008
- “Sustainable Management of Wetland Ecosystems for Human Wellbeing and Ecological balance” Lecture no 2 for the JSPS Science Dialogue, Ena High School, January 28, 2009.
- “A Foreign Scientist Perspective of Research in Japan”. Lecture presented at the New Fellow’s orientation meeting, Hanzomon Hotel, Tokyo, February 16, 2009.

Advice to new fellows

-Fully exploit any opportunity to deepen your understanding of the unique Japanese culture.
- Adjust as quickly as possible your thinking from the romance language syntax of S-V-O to the Japanese S-O-V
-JSPS gives you a life-time opportunity to learn the Japanese language. Be informed that other opportunities exist like making friendships and visiting volunteer associations. They offers free language classes, translation and interpretation works .
In the labs, turn to younger faculty members and especially graduate students: These are the people, on the whole, that you will be able to spend most time with, and from whom you will learn the most
-Keep an open mind and learn about yourself and don’t be bogged down with negativity as you find these everywhere in the world.