The Mozambican Government and the African Water Facility (AWF) has entered into a grant agreement for a feasibility study on Urban Sanitation, Drainage and Solid Waste Management in Chimoio and Inhambane.

The grant agreement was signed by the Minister of Economy and Finance Adriano Afonso Maleiane and the Country Manager for the African Development Bank Joseph M. Ribeiro.

This AWF Euros 1.6-million grant project will contribute to improve livelihood conditions and climate change resilience for the 310,000 citizens of the Municipalities of Chimoio and Inhambane. This will be achieved by reducing the risk of flooding and improving the public health.

Mozambique is regularly affected by severe floods. Recently, the Inhambane Province’s local population was severely impacted by the strong winds and flooding brought about by the Tropical Storm Dineo.

The effects are aggravated by a combination of insufficient storm water drainage, sea intrusion and old and collapsed sanitation systems. Further, Sanitation coverage is low in Mozambique. In urban areas only 55-60% of the population has access to sanitation services. In recent years, this has been aggravated by declining support allocated to sanitation services.

Commenting on the project, the AWF Acting coordinator, Jean-Michel Ossete, said, “The AWF Development Plan and Feasibility Study for Urban Sanitation, Drainage and Solid Waste Management project will pave the way for investments aimed at improving climate resilience and health in the two municipalities. This will be achieved through improved services in sanitation, drainage and solid waste management. Not only will we reduce the risk of flooding but we will also improve people’s health.

“The Development Plan covering the next 20-25 years will lead to increased investments in climate change adaptation, specifically in sanitation, drainage and solid waste management infrastructure and services, to the tune of Euros 30 million by 2020.”

The project launching events in Maputo and Chimoio involved the main stakeholders of the project, including representatives from Mozambique’s National Directorate for Water and Sanitation, the AWF and the African Development Bank, the project’s executing agency, Chimoio municipal authorities and other selected ministries.