The “Building Inclusive Resilient Communities and Schools to Face Rapid-Onset Hazards in Risk-Prone Areas in Mozambique Affected by Cyclone Idai, Strengthening "Linking Early Warning to Early Action” project, carried out together with WW-GVC and funded by the European Commission's Directorate-General for Civil Protection and European Humanitarian Aid Operations (DG ECHO), aims to strengthen resilience and risk management capacity in the country's most vulnerable communities, working in particular on Early Warning Systems and coordination mechanisms in the areas affected by Cyclone Idai in 2019.
Active from April 2020 to January 2022, the project focuses on the central provinces of Manica and Sofala and especially on the Buzi river basin, whose overflow in 2019 (caused by Cyclone Idai) led to the flooding of a large area and considerable damage. The activities of the project are carried out at both the operational-local and technical-central level. At the local level, the project aims to improve resilience by working with communities and with a particular focus on schools, which are both flood vulnerable infrastructure and a focus for raising awareness and spreading information among the population.
As far as the technical-central component is concerned, the project intends to activate an operational system for flood forecasting, calibrated on local data and based on hydraulic and hydrological models able to work in real time.
CIMA Research Foundation is involved in this last area of intervention, working on the development of a hydrological-hydraulic operational chain able to provide national institutions with detailed forecasts on the probability of a flood. The objective is to link this information to the mechanisms of alert and preventive action that, in synergy with the dialogue and training actions planned for schools and municipalities, allow for the reduction of the impact of floods. In addition, the Foundation will support Mozambique institutions in the knowledge of international civil protection mechanisms and emergency mapping services (activated in case of extreme events by Copernicus EMS and the EU Civil Protection Mechanism ), in order to facilitate coordination in case of events exceeding national response capacities.