Climate change is a global challenge that disproportionately impacts vulnerable communities, and African cities are particularly susceptible to its adverse effects. In a recent workshop held in Inhambane, Mozambique, ICLEI Africa and the Covenant of Mayors for Sub-Saharan Africa (CoM SSA) Secretariat, in collaboration with CoM SSA co-funder and co-implementing partner, the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (AECID), with technical support from UN-Habitat, highlighted the urgent need to address climate vulnerabilities at the local municipality level. This collaborative effort brought together political representatives, municipal leaders, and various organisations to discuss SEACAP development, with a particular focus on the development of risk and vulnerability assessments (RVA’s).
The workshop convened political representatives from municipalities in Southern Mozambique, including Maputo, Matola, Boane, Xai-Xai, Chibuto, Inhambane, and Mandlakazi. The primary focus was on the development of risk and vulnerability assessments (RVAs), a crucial step in climate action planning. Emphasizing a collaborative approach, the workshop fostered information sharing among municipalities and non-governmental agencies working on adaptation projects in the region. This exchange of knowledge allowed the participants to develop comprehensive RVAs and adaptation plans that take into account the specific needs of different sectors and population groups.
Mozambique, with its diverse geography and coastal communities, faces a myriad of climate hazards. The RVA workshop highlighted the increasing frequency and severity of climate-related events, including tropical cyclones, flooding, drought, heatwaves and erosion. These hazards are increasingly impacting both inland and coastal towns in the region, necessitating proactive and collaborative climate resilience strategies.
The collaborative efforts showcased in the workshop mark a significant step toward building climate-resilient subnational governments in Mozambique. By fostering collaboration between municipalities and non-governmental agencies, the initiative strengthens the collective response to climate challenges. Sharing knowledge, experiences, and developing comprehensive adaptation plans are essential for empowering communities to confront the challenges posed by climate change.
As climate vulnerabilities continue to rise, collaborative initiatives like the one undertaken in Southern Mozambique are crucial for fostering sustainable development and ensuring the well-being of diverse and vibrant communities. By working together, Mozambican municipalities and non-governmental agencies are not only building resilience but also laying the foundation for a more sustainable and climate-resilient future. This collaborative approach serves as a model for other regions facing similar challenges, emphasizing the importance of shared knowledge and collective action in the face of a changing climate.
The CoM SSA initiative in Mozambique is co-funded by the European Union and the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (AECID) and its activities are co-implemented by AECID.