RISK Award – Making the City of Beira resilient to Floods and Cyclones

IP Wave

Country: Mozambique

Client: Munich Re Foundation

Counterpart Organization: National Institute of Disaster Management (INGC)

Project Duration: 08/2012 - 12/2012

This project is being financed via the RISK Award, which rewards each two years the best project proposal in the field of disaster risk management.

The project proposal itself is based on IP’s former experiences in disaster risk management in Mozambican cities. The city of Beira is located in the central part of the country, being especially vulnerable to climate change related hazards like floods, cyclones and sea level rise. In tight cooperation with the National Institute for Disaster Management (INGC) and the Beira City Council, the project provides support to local disaster risk committees in order to increase their preparedness facing these phenomena.

Simultaneously, the project provides training to national and local institutions, in order to improve this institutions’ capacity to reduce risks and to react properly in a disastrous event. The main focus of the project is to implement a best practice of how to implement urban disaster risk management systems in coastal areas of Mozambique.

While systematizing these experiences, the case of Beira will act as a blueprint for other cities in a similar situation. The target group is the vulnerable population living in disaster-prone areas of Beira affected by the negative impact of disasters.

Main Services Provided:

  • Advisory services and training measures for staff of the INGC and the Beira City council at the urban level
  • Implementation of comprehensive local community based disaster risk management systems
  • Preparation and implementation of a city-wide disaster simulation exercise
  • Preparing and Disseminating a manual on how to implement a people-centred early-warning system in urban areas of Mozambique