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NCF: Increasing climate resilience in Maputo - GIS tool for urban adaptation to climate change and flood risk [C3 C5]

13.08.2013
The project objective was to develop and implement a GIS (Geographic Information System) based tool to be used for planning purpose in the context of urban adaptation to climate change in a flood prone area of Maputo.

Mozambique
Increasing climate resilience in Maputo, Mozambique - GIS tool for urban adaptation to climate change and flood risk
Ref: NDF C3 C5

Nordic Partner: COWI A/S
Local Partner: Ministry for the Coordination of Environmental Action (MICOA)
Other Partners: n/a
Total Project Cost: EUR 586 857
NCF Financing: EUR 499,236
Agreement Signed: 30 September 2011
Project Classification: Adaptation / Urban Adaptation
Duration: 23 Months (completed)

Project Objective

The overall objective of the project was to increase the capacity and preparedness of the local partners Ministry for the Coordination of Environmental Action (MICOA) and National Institute of Disaster Management (INGC) and local stakeholders in regards to urban adaptation to climate change. The specific objective of the project was to develop and implement a GIS (Geographic Information System) based tool to be used for planning purpose in the context of urban adaptation to climate change in a flood prone area of Maputo, Mozambique. The operational objective of the project was to enable the local partners to apply the developed GIS tool for present and future development and climate conditions as well as to be able to replicate the application of the tool in other flood prone areas of Mozambique.

Description

The main outcome of the project was enhanced local capacity to adapt to climate change in urban areas on city planning and preparedness level. The project has enhanced the capacity of the local partners to carry out climate change adaptation plans as well as appropriate disaster risk prevention and disaster risk reduction measures. Preventing disasters and their consequences is crucial to protect vulnerable developing societies and promote stability. Thus, climate change response and disaster risk management needs to be more coordinated to address the emerging urban risks. Reliable information is therefore essential for better disaster prevention and preparedness. This is achieved through transfer of knowledge and establishment of a GIS-based climate change risk assessment tool at the local partners. The tool will assist the authorities to point out prioritized city areas, and to propose actual adaptation measures to urban flood risk as a result of climate change. The project has increased MICOA’s and other local authorities’ competence in urban planning and flood risk prevention.

Relevance for Climate Change

The city of Maputo in Mozambique has been subject to severe floods in recent years. The results project results are first and foremost improved prediction of flood extent within the chosen urban areas and the expected damages and damage cost related to the predicted flood. This has improved the conditions for the authorities, urban planners, and local inhabitants to prioritize and take precautionary measures against the impacts of flooding at the most important and economical most feasible locations. It has also contributed to increased awareness and preparedness to floods from heavy rain and storm surge from the see. This knowledge, awareness and preparedness will reduce or avoid costs of damages and nuisance from floods.

Innovation and Knowledge Transfer

The innovation of the project lies in the concept. The project combines state-of-the-art methods for terrain data collection with advanced knowledge of flooding mechanisms and local economic value maps and development plans. The project integrates new and existing data and information in an easily comprehendible manner to test scenarios that relates climate change to local development issues. The concept includes all activities from the very first mapping to a robust decision tool for fast decision and implementation of climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction measures.

The GIS tool has been developed in close cooperation with the local authorities so that they have the knowledge to apply the GIS tool and replicate the application of the tool in other flood-prone areas of Mozambique after project completion.

More information

COWI A/S
Ministry for the Coordination of Environmental Action (MICOA)