A PPCR project seeking to strengthen the Chiveve River’s drainage capacity for sustainable urban infrastructure and environmental management for climate resiliency in the city of Beira.


Ranking third among African countries in climate vulnerability, Mozambique’s development has been severely handicapped by natural disasters. In conjunction with the World Bank, AfDB, and the IFC, the Government of Mozambique created its’ Strategic Program for Climate Resilience (SPCR) in 2011, falling in line with the country’s National Adaptation Plan for Action to combat climate vulnerability. In 2014, CIF allocated $15.8 million in Additional Financing (AF) to support the IDA and IBRD’S Cities and Climate Change project to enhance the climate resiliency of the coastal city of Beira. Large parts of the city flood frequently during heavy rainfall, which combined with high sea tides, have destroyed parts of the existing coastal protection infrastructure.

The project is expected to contribute significantly to reducing extreme poverty in the city, as well as providing lessons learned for replication for other cities in Mozambique. The total project costs are estimated at $120 million, with a project close date in December 2017.

Objectives and Outputs:

The project will target enhancing the Chiveve River’s drainage capacity, particularly in low lying areas throughout Beira. The project will improve and protect natural drainage that functions as an integrated flood system in the city alongside man-made drainage canals. These systems will lower the ground water table levels throughout the year and by evacuating/storing storm water when heavy rains and high sea tides coincide.

Primary beneficiaries are the poor in Beira, the majority of whom live in low-lying areas frequently affected by flood waters often highly contaminated with untreated domestic sewer, subsequently causing high breakouts of water-borne diseases like cholera. Amongst the primary beneficiaries are women and children, who are the most vulnerable to floodwaters that are contaminated with untreated sewage, and, in consequence, water-borne diseases. Other beneficiaries include businesses, institutions, and the overall population of 2,050,000 in the Beira city area. The development of this project will also create tested technical and knowledge bases for replication in other cities in Mozambique, including Nacala and the capital Maputo, leveraging the PPCR transformative impact. The project is expected to be completed by December 2017.

This project summary is drawn from draft project proposals [such as the PAD, PID, SAR, and country investment plan] and may not contain the most up-to-date information.

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Cover Note | Project Document | MDB Project Implementation Services (MPIS) | Proposed Decision
Approved amount(s):
USD 15.75 million (grant funding)
USD 245,000 (MPIS Second tranche) 
Comments and Responses:
United Kingdom (December 11, 2013) 
Germany (December 11, 2013)

MDB Project Implementation Services (MPIS)
Approved amount(s): 
USD 245,000 (MPIS First tranche)
Approved on June 29, 2011 (Approved Decision