Mozambique is prone to floods that occur naturally or as a result of human activity. Within the Cities Alliance initiative, municipalities and the Ministry of Environment prepared a project proposal in close collaboration with UN-HABITAT to enable the municipalities and stakeholders to reduce the vulnerability of communities living in flood-prone areas. This will be done through planning for sustainable environmental land use and strategies for basic service upgrading, focusing on integrated, people-centred participatory approaches, stressing mitigation-preparedness techniques. Activities
- Preparation of community-based planning for environmental land use and management of natural resources.
- Formulation of a strategy to upgrade basic services, adapting them to flood-prone areas.
- Development of contingency plans.
- Revision/adaptation of policy and legal frameworks for disaster preparedness and vulnerability reduction.
- Preparation of a strategy to improve legal property rights of poor communities in flood-prone areas.
The project has completed all studies and field work with the communities and municipalities. Training material was produced and published. A second edition for distribution to other provinces is under preparation. Most training sessions and workshops have also been held. Regarding key operational activities, the project is in its final implementation stage. Government commitment is very high and the intention is to repeat the methodology used in other projects.