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Mozambique to benefit from innovative flood prediction concept

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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 is being applied on a project to assess climate change risks in Mozambique.

Mozambique, like many other African countries, is experiencing more extreme weather. In the capital, Maputo, lack of adequate urban planning and decision-making tools compound the problem of recurring floods.

COWI has been awarded a grant from the Nordic Climate Facility (NCF) to make flood risk assessments for the capital. The grant makes it possible to conduct state-of-the-art topography scanning along with advanced flood inundation mapping and economic value assessment.

Adapting to the climate and reducing risks 

The GIS tool will help 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 and hereby increase the capacity and preparedness in the country for urban adaptation to climate change.


Multidisciplinary solution

The project in Mozambique is the first project outside Denmark where the concept is being applied, and Henrik Winther, Vice President of COWI's department for urban water and climate adaptation, is pleased to see that COWI's multidisciplinary approach to climate adaptation is now paying off:

"Several of COWI's business units have joined forces to come up with a sustainable, replicable and scalable tool, which can be used not only in Maputo or in other flood-prone areas in Mozambique, but in a number of other countries as well," he says, adding that everything from airborne topography scanning to institutional analysis and flood inundation mapping is carried out by COWI.

LAST UPDATED: 12.05.2017