Four-days Capacity Building Workshop on Disaster Risk Management, Climate Resilience and Sustainability in Urban Areas

July 31, 2023 , 02:43 pm

DiMSUR, AF, Mozambique


24-28 July, Nampula, Mozambique – The United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat), through its Project “Building Urban Climate Resilience in Southeast Africa Project” funded by the Adaptation Fund, and the Ministry of Land and Environment (MTA) in Mozambique, jointly organized a four-day capacity-building workshop on “Disaster Risk Management, Climate Resilience and Sustainability in Urban Areas” for nearly 60 officials from the Ministries of Land and Environment (MTA); Public Works and Water Resources (MOPHRH); State Administration and Public Function (MAEFP); National Institute for Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (INGD); Municipalities of Cabo Delgado, Nampula and Niassa.
The UN-Habitat initiative on building climate resilience in urban areas in collaboration with the Government of Mozambique and Oxfam supports developing countries under the umbrella of DiMSUR (Mozambique, Malawi, Madagascar, and Union of Comoros) in increasing capacities to reduce climate vulnerability in urban areas and achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. The strengthening of institutional capacities and the legal framework for climate change in urban areas is a key component of this project, implemented by the Ministry of Land and Environment (MTA) through the National Directorate of Climate Change (DMC) and the National Institute for Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (INGD), and will provide a framework and supportive environment for effective climate compatible urban development, including both climate adaptation and disaster risk management actions.
This activity is fully in line with a number of ongoing initiatives to promote sustainable and climate resilient urban development, with the current project acting as a catalyst to bring these elements together, as well as to help install capacities and vertical coordination at national and Local levels on small and medium scale cities that are highly vulnerable to extreme climate events to combat climate change impacts. The workshop provided a unique opportunity for stakeholders to exchange and interact with their peers on the challenges arising from the increasingly strong extreme climate events and the rapid urbanization the Northern Region of Mozambique is facing. 
More specifically, the workshop focused on: 
  1. Concepts, framework and Legislation related to climate risks; 
  2. Mapping, Identification and Understanding Stakeholder Perspectives on Urban Climate Resilient Development; 
  3. Mozambique’s adaptive capacity to extreme weather events  in Urban area-Supporting tools (the use of CityRAP); 
  4. Requirements and Procedures for Building Resilient public social infrastructures and Housing; 
  5. Risk Management and Sustainability in the Urban area; 
  6. Decision-making processes in relation to investments for climate-induced risks and to build resilience in urban areas; 
  7. Obtaining evidence and perspectives of Municipalities of Risk Management and Resilience Building; 
  8. Creating an inclusive platform for peer learning and exchange through the knowledge & experiences of the workshop participants.
Mr. Wild do Rosario, Head of Programme, UN-Habitat
The workshop commenced with opening remarks by Mr. Wild do Rosario, the UN-Habitat Head of Programme in Mozambique and responsible for the Northern Region Portfolio who stated that Mozambique’s vulnerability to natural disasters, rapid urbanization influenced by population and economic growth and forced displacement due to the conflict in Cabo Delgado requires urgent action. He encouraged participants to use the four-day training to discuss, understand and explore the experiences, motivations and knowledge being acquired and shared in the workshop, so they are able to enrich this process and make the best decisions regarding the priorities and key technical solutions for disaster risk management and building resilience to natural hazards in urban areas of Mozambique.
Mr. José Luis, Director of the Provincial Services of Environment in Nampula Province
Following UN-Habitat intervention, Mr. José Luis, Director of the Provincial Services of Environment in Nampula Province, made the opening remarks of the workshop representing the Provincial Government of Nampula. He highlighted the need to invest in the capacity building of local governments to better manage climate risks in urban areas that are increasingly vulnerable to the impacts of climate change, exacerbated by the rapid and unplanned urbanization and expressed hope that the workshop would be able to lay the necessary foundation to install capacities in Municipalities of Northern Region to reduce urban communities’ vulnerability to climate change.
The highly interactive workshop was delivered by Mr. Emilio Magaia, Climate Change Capacity Building Specialist at MTA; Mr. Antonio Matsinhe, Environmental Economy Specialist at Eduardo Mondlane University (UEM); Mr. Claudio Monteiro, DRR Architect at UN-Habitat; Mr. Filipe Nguenha, Architect and MTA Project Focal Point; Mr. Feliciano Mataveia, DRM Specialist and INGD Project Focal Point; Mrs. Juvenalia Mandlate, Architect and Urban Governance Specialist at MMAEFP; Mrs.Veronica Polana, Environmental Specialist at MTA.; Mr. Neivaldo Nhantugeia, Architect and Land Planning and Management Specialist at MTA and Mr. Inacio Tesoura, Civil Engineer at MOPHRH. 
Mr. Filipe Nguenha, National Directorate of Climate Change, MTA
Mr. Filipe Nguenha, who was representing the National Director of Climate Change at MTA, commenced with a presentation of the National Strategy of Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation of Mozambique and how the workshop through its expected accomplishments would be supporting the achievements of the Strategies Priorities. 
Mr. Wild do Rosario, delivered a session on Resilient Construction of Public Social Infrastructures and Housing and conducted a field mission with the participants to brief them about the technicalities of resilient building codes based on a concrete example of the Primary School of Mutomane 2, which was reconstructed with building codes for resilient construction standards developed by UN-Habitat and adopted by the Government of Mozambique. Insights and lessons learned were presented by the participants.
Participant from Lichinga Municipality, Niassa Province presenting the city’s vulnerability to climate change impacts and rapid urbanization
The workshop also covered working group sessions where participants engaged in discussing concepts, bringing evidence and exchanging their knowledge based on each city and local government. 
Participants received Certificates of Participation, signed by the MTA Secretary Permanent and the Adaptation Fund Designated Authority of Mozambique, Mrs. Emilia Fumo and the UN-Habitat Head of Office in Mozambique, Mrs. Sandra Roque.
Ms. Marcia Guambe and Mr. Filipe Nguenha handing participation certificates
The successful conclusion of the workshop under the “Building Urban Climate Resilience in Southeast Africa” funded by the Adaptation Fund, laid a firm foundation to support the Local Governments in Northern Mozambique in promoting transformative change in cities and human settlements through knowledge, technical assistance, and collaborative action to leave no one and no place behind. This includes increasing the capacities of local governments to build resilient cities and human settlements. Community of Practices for the Northern Region will be established in the coming months to discuss the progress made and the challenges faced during implementation of the acquired knowledge.
Participants with certificates


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