The
Grant objectives are to: (i) support improvements in the safety of dams and
levees, and the resilience of downstream communities; (ii) strengthen counterparts´
capacities on dam-related disaster risk management; and (iii) contribute to
more reliable water supply services. The activities planned to
achieve the objectives include: support and advise the State
of Ceará in (i) reviewing the
institutional framework and arrangements for integrating safety of dams and
DRM, aiming to improve safety management and risk-informed decision making;
(ii) adopting modern engineering tools to enhance dam safety assessment,
notably of old dams, reducing flood hazard risks, which may lead to losses of
lives, assets and economic activities; (iii) improving technologies and
procedures for surveillance, supervision (O&M) and monitoring data
acquisition, as well as improve data interpretation and control systems; (iv) developing
monitoring database with alert systems and make them accessible to DRM
authorities at the state level; (v) enhancing community-based DRM and citizen
engagement through targeted consultation and output dissemination with
downstream communities; (vi) incorporating good international industry practice
to support the development of DRM and dam safety manuals, guidelines and
regulations; (vii) validating the proposed procedures within technical staff
and major stakeholders followed by implementation of the new instruments;
(viii) conducting consultations with community and stakeholders applying
appropriate citizen engagement methodologies. Provide technical assistance to
main entities overseeing and implementing safety of dam measures and to promote
institutional strengthening and capacity of the main dam operators in the State.
Assist with promoting engagement with main stakeholders, including communities
and authorities in the areas prone to major impacts, looking to increase the
civil society preparedness to contribute with the implementation of the EPPs. Advise
the State in applying accountability mechanisms and citizen engagement measures
in the performance of dam-safety and DRM related functions. Provide training of
staff in charge of surveillance and data interpretation.

Main expected outputs
include: (i) institutional arrangements for improved coordination between
safety of dams-DRM adopted by the State institutions; (ii) procedures for surveillance,
supervision (O&M), monitoring data acquisition and interpretation adopted
by to address disaster risks management; (iii) technical publications
commissioned and disseminated; (iv) good practices, evidence and results
addressing DRM integrated with dam safety activities in the State of Ceara; (v)
guidelines for risk rating, considering the local climate conditions (long
draughts-torrential rains) and characteristics of the main dams; (vi) internal
procedures/ technical guidelines for assessing dam safety (stability analysis /
overtopping risk), notably of old dams; (vii) regulations, addressing minimum
O&M and monitoring requirements for different types of dams; (ix) manuals
for inspection, surveillance (e.g. using remote tools), supervision (O&M),
monitoring data acquisition, and data interpretation incorporating risk
management concepts; (x) regulations for coordination of the dam safety
oversight system and the state DRM system, including common procedures for
preparation, revision and follow-up of EPPs and contingency plans, dam safety
monitoring, alerts and mitigation measures; (xi) new manuals, guidelines and
regulations validated with and disclosed to the all stakeholders, including
production of training courses (Web) on the main topics, available for the
counterpart entities and community.

Which Areas of Engagement are covered by this grant?

Resilient Cities
Disaster Risk Finance
Resilience to Climate Change
Resilient Recovery
Inclusive Disaster Risk Management and Gender Equality
The Challenge Fund

Sendai Priorities

Priority 1Understanding disaster risk
Priority 2Strengthening disaster risk governance to manage disaster risk
Priority 3Investing in disaster risk reduction for resilience
Priority 4Enhancing disaster preparedness for effective response and to “Build Back Better” in recovery, rehabilitation and reconstruction