Reducing the risk of flooding in Mozambique


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COWI is a leading International consulting group. We provide state-of-the-art services within the fields of engineering, environmental science and economics with due consideration for the environment and society.

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COWI has developed an innovative concept which combines hydraulic principles with GIS analyses to predict flood risks and to adapt urban areas to climate change. The concept has been applied to assess climate change risks in Mozambique.

Like other African countries, Mozambique faces a growing number of extreme weather events. In the capital, Maputo, lack of adequate urban planning and decision-making tools compounded the problem of recurring floods.

Adapting to the climate and reducing risks
COWI carried out state-of-the-art topography scanning along with advanced flood inundation mapping and economic value assessment in order to facilitate a solution to the problems.

The GIS tool helped the Ministry for the Coordination of Environmental Action and the National Institute of Disaster Management carry out appropriate urban development plans as well as disaster risk reduction measures. Investments were made in airborne topographical scanning, institutional analysis, and flood inundation mapping to increase the capacity and preparedness for urban adaptation to climate change.

Multidisciplinary solution
COWI drew on many of its multidisciplinary competences to develop a sustainable, replicable, and scalable tool to be used all around the world.

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