Mozambique: Promoting the Integration of Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation Into District Development Plans and Community-Based Risk Management

Context and Objectives 

The project, implemented by World Vision, has contributed to the integration of disaster risk reduction (DRR) and climate change adaptation (CCA) into Mozambique’s development strategies, thereby increasing the resilience of vulnerable communities. The project aimed to achieve its objective by:

  • Building the capacity of target communities to implement Community Based Disaster Risk Management (CBDRM)
  • Providing technical assistance to district and national institutions to integrate DRR and CCA in development planning.

The project, implemented by World Vision, targeted three districts in the Gaza Province (Chibuto, Chókwè, Guijá).

Main Activities

A two-day launch workshop was held in October 2016 in Chókwè, Gaza Province, with representatives from national, provincial and district organizations, to officially launch the project and plan its activities with the participation of all stakeholders. A baseline survey was conducted in 31 communities in the target districts to assess: (i) their vulnerability to climate risks; (ii) their ability to prepare for and respond to disasters; (iii) the existence of early warning systems; and (iv) inclusion of disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation in community plans.

Ten local risk management committees were established in March 2017 and a consultation meeting was held to review the Local Risk Management Committee Training Manual and its methodology. Workshops were held to discuss preliminary findings and seek feedback on recommendations for improvement, as well as to revise the Disaster Risk Reduction Manual and its training methodology. A literature review of disaster risk reduction methodologies was completed in May 2017, mapping the key players and methodologies used by the various implementing partners to establish and form local risk management committees in Mozambique.

An analysis was completed in March 2017 on stakeholders involved in the design of the methodology to integrate disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation into district development plans. Workshops were also organized in partnership with the Ministry of Economy and Finance to gather information from government organisations and NGOs on the integration of disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation into district development plans, in order to test the revised methodology for developing local adaptation plans and to discuss recommendations for improvement.

Results

At the start of the project, a two-day start-up workshop was held in October 2016 in Chókwè, Gaza province, with representatives from national, provincial and district organizations, to officially launch the project and plan project activities involving all stakeholders. Also at the start of the project, a baseline study was conducted in the 32 target communities to assess DRR methodologies, which found that only a share of the communities had local DRM committees in place.

Main outcomes of the project were the development of a methodology and training manual for community-based DRM activities, a methodology to mainstream DRR and CCA in District Development Plans, and revised guidelines to develop Local Adaptation plans.

In addition, trainings on the new methodology for community-based DRM activities were provided to ten technicians from the National Institute for Disaster Management and government officials from the three districts. These officials in turn provided trainings to members of the 32 target communities on hazard-, vulnerability-, and capacity analysis.

Partnerships and Coordination
World Vision Mozambique implemented the project based on existing partnerships with the Ministry of Planning and Development (MPD), the Ministry for the Coordination of Environmental Affairs (MICOA), the. National Institute for Disaster Management (INGC) and using combined products/processes developed by multiple organizations (e.g. UNDP, Disaster Preparedness ECHO programme (DIPECHO) implementers, NGOs and the Africa Climate Change Resilience Alliance - ACCRA) to scale up activities that are being implemented by these institutions.

Country
Region
  • Africa
Priority area
  • Mainstreaming of disaster risk reduction (DRR)
Window of Action
  • Window 2
Amount approved
  • $578,141
Co-financing
  • $58,028
Duration
  • 09/2015 - 06/2018