Slum Upgrading and Vulnerability Reduction in Flood Prone Cities/Towns in Mozambique (Maputo, Chokwé, Teté and Quelimane)



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Natural disasters affect a great proportion of the population due to a large number of vulnerable communities. Preparedness and advanced warning is fundamental to reduce loss of life and economic disruption. However, early warning systems do not guarantee effective response if it is not compliment with a sound national disaster management programme and disaster preparedness and vulnerability reduction in human settlements at community level. The responses have almost exclusively being reactive. National and international funded emergency relief has so far being the predominant reaction to the flood problematic, which is addressing the symptoms and ignoring the causes.
The objective is to enable the City Council, including different stakeholders, to effectively address critical and urgent issues to reduce the vulnerability of communities living in flood prone areas. This will be done through sustainable environmental land use planning and basic service upgrading strategies, focusing on integrated, people-centred strategic and participatory approaches, stressing mitigation preparedness techniques.
I. Preparatory Phase: Set-up a system and build a common understanding;  II. Consultative Phase: Diagnostic, Structure Plan and Regulatory Framework;  III. Support and Feasibility Studies Phase: Preparation of strategy;  IV. Develop Actions and Investment Plans Phase: projects and programmes;  V. Training and Capacity Building Phase.
Expected Impacts and Results
a) address both issues (vulnerability and slum upgrading) in a coherent and sustainable manner, integrating them to poverty reduction strategies;  b) define more clearly local priorities and ways of maximizing local resources;  c) improve the co-ordination and streamlining of activities of stakeholders according to local priorities;  d) increase community participation and public-private partnerships.