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Green urban infrastructure in Mozambique

Tidal structure on Beira Beach, Mozambique

Mozambique is one of the countries in Africa worst hit by climate change and extreme weather events, for instance by flooding as well as droughts. One of the country's largest cities, Beira, lies on the Indian Ocean, just above sea level. It is considered to be the city most threatened by climate change in Mozambique. Alongside the threat from rising sea levels, flooding is a regular problem for the city centre after heavy rainfall.

Germany is supporting Beira in making urban development there sustainable and climate-smart. Funding was provided to build a tidal defence structure and rehabilitate the Chiveve river, a tidal watercourse, which flows into the sea in Beira. Dredging the river to remove rubbish and sediment and the new tidal defence structure have restored the natural drainage function of the Chiveve river so that the people living along the river banks are better protected against flooding.

A cooperation arrangement with civil society organisations has helped to improve local waste collection and rainwater drainage in settlements along the river. This combination of measures helps to prevent diseases spreading from stagnant and contaminated water. Additional flood retention areas are another element of the city's efforts to adapt to climate change and help to protect Beira from the effects of global warming.

In order to ensure the sustainability of the measures and simultaneously make a contribution to the sustainable economic and social development of Beira, formerly unused green spaces along the river banks are being transformed into public parks. The BMZ is collaborating in these activities with the World Bank. The new parks, which are accessible for use by all kinds of groups, are managed by the public authorities. The parks are also generating income and employment opportunities. Beira will not only be better protected against heavy rainfall and rising sea levels, but general public health in the affected city districts will be improved, the city's administrative capacities strengthened and a contribution made to economic development and quality of life.

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