A Visit to SHOC/COHE

June 20, 2022 , 7:55 am


Nacala, Mozambique, April, 2022 — Climate change has accentuated its impacts in the southern region of Africa and with it, has caused a lot of destruction and loss of human life. The multiplier effect of this devastation means that populations do not have the ability to recover from these events, as they are followed by replicas, in a very short space of time. There is a tireless effort to establish links that will bring benefits to urban resilience programs that may be a priority for the region. 
As a technical center dedicated to disaster risk management, DiMSUR seeks to support communities and Governments in structuring their responses and preparing for the impacts arising from climate change. The technical work aims, through participatory and inclusive tools, to facilitate the way these communities and Governments deal with disaster risk reduction, sustainability and the implementation of more resilient urban projects. In order to achieve this type of solutions, there is a core of partners that have been called upon to make their contribution, DiMSUR being one of them.
There is a clear message that must begin to be conveyed to a region where the effects of climate change are overwhelming: the need to make Governments aware that it is necessary to act in a programmed and anticipated way, putting part of the financial resources planned for governance, to invest in preparation, capacity building and even in the rehabilitation of infrastructures. Funds donated to Governments in crisis situations can be a resource that takes time to be made available, due to bureaucracy and issues related to good governance, for this reason Governments must start making forecasts and having an internal financial planning that take into account the regional unavoidable recurrence of these disasters. 
SADC, together with the African Union, UNDRR and other partners dedicated to disaster risk management at an international level, paid a visit to its Emergency Humanitarian Operations Center (SHOC/COHE), located in Nacala, in northern Mozambique. The purpose of the visit was to validate its facilities as part of the realization of the center’s main objective which is based on supporting emergency humanitarian operations for the entire SADC region. This visit also had as its strategic objective, to carry out a survey of the needs of the center for its immediate start, as well as to listen to local, national, regional and international partners, about what would be their real contributions that could help SADC in the immediate operation of the center.
SADC, as the entity responsible for SHOC, validated the contribution of DiMSUR, which is a partner that has the ability to add value to the specific issue of urban resilience. When invited to participate in this visit, DiMSUR had the opportunity to hear publicly from SADC, that there is an advantage in considering the capacities that each partner brings and the issue of urban resilience is a work that is already being developed by DiMSUR in four countries of the region, through a major project of the Adaptation Fund, where capacity building, preparation and construction of infrastructures of different natures have been implemented to make the chosen cities, resilient and more sustainable. It is important to mention that SADC is the partner of DiMSUR that validates the actions carried out in the region, with a view to expanding its good services to all SADC member countries that need support in the areas of disaster risk reduction and adaptation to climate change.


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