Description: 

A project that seeks to strengthen hydrological and meteorological information services in Mozambique to deliver reliable climate information for the country’s development and local communities.

Background:

Despite being crippled by some of Africa’s most variable hydrological and meteorological (hydro-met) conditions, the Government of Mozambique has adopted an ambitious project to transform its hydro-met services for resilient and adaptive development. With a 2,740km coastline, and more than 60% of its population living in low-lying areas, vulnerability to floods and cyclones is severely high in Mozambique. Currently, only 25% of manned meteorological and rainfall stations report regularly, while 36% of river monitoring stations report regularly. Overall, only a third of the hydro-met monitoring network is functioning, indicating the urgency for substantial transformation.

With the $15 million allocation from CIF’s PPCR in 2013, the Climate Resilience: Transforming Hydro-Meteorological Services project will undertake crucial investments in hydro-met monitoring networks and in data management and exchange. The Nordic Development Fund will provide $6 million in parallel financing. The project, estimated to cost $22.5 million, will enable improvements to Morocco’s hydro-met services will enable increased productivity in agriculture, fishery/maritime, infrastructure planning, and health sectors.

Objectives and Outputs:

The project is comprised of three components: strengthening hydrological information management, strengthening weather and climate information management, and piloting resilience through improved delivery of hydro-met information. Implementation of the project will be the responsibility of Direcção Nacional de Águas (DNA), the five Administrações Regionais de Águas (ARAs), and the Instituto Nacional de Meteorologia (INAM). DNA, the five ARAs, and INAM will focus project resources on training and development of staff and institutional strengthening to achieve project objectives. With the implementation of the project, the Government of Mozambique seeks to be better equipped to mitigate the impacts of climate variability and use hydro-metro services for improved economic output.

Accurate record of hydro-met data has strong economic and environmental implications, such as developing the country’s hydropower potential of 13,000MW and effectively operating existing and future dams, such as Cahora Bassa and Mphanda Nkuwa. Direct beneficiaries include the communities in proposed pilot areas of Zambezi, Limpopo, and Incomati River basins, as well as farmers in the pilot Gaza and Inhamane provinces. The project has an expected closing date by 2018.

Nkuwa. Direct beneficiaries include the communities in proposed pilot areas of Zambezi, Limpopo, and Incomati River basins, as well as farmers in the pilot Gaza and Inhamane provinces. The project has an expected closing date by 2018.

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 on January 29, 2013 (Approved Decision)
Approved amount(s): 
USD 10.0 million (grant funding)
USD 475,000 (MPIS Second tranche)

Comments and Responses:
Germany (January 25, 2013)
Canada (January 25, 203)
United States (January 25, 2013)
United Kingdom (January 30, 2013)
Germany and Spain (February 21, 2013)
United Kingdom (February 21, 2013)

IBRD Response to Germany, Canada, United States, United Kingdom, & Spain (February 8, 2013)
IBRD Response to United Kingdom (February 21, 2013)

Request for Additional Resources:
Proposed Decision | Project Concept Note for the Use of Additional PPCR ResourcesLetter from Ministry of Planning and Development
Approved on February 21, 2013 (Approved Decision
Approved amount: 
USD 5.0 million (additional grant funding)
USD 255,000 (MPIS First tranche)
Approved on June 29, 2011 (Approved Decision)