The government launched on Friday, in Maputo, the project “Building resilience in the coastal zone”, an initiative aimed at strengthening the resilience of communities to climate change, budgeted at US$6 million (five million euros).
“The project provides training for coastal communities on ways to avoid the impact of climate change, as well as the promotion of livelihood initiatives for this group,” Guilhermina Amurane, national director of Environment, told Lusa.
The five-year project will be funded by the Global Environment Facility and will cover communities vulnerable to the impact of climate change in coastal areas of the city and province of Maputo, southern Mozambique, with the initiative planned to be implemented in other areas in the future.
“We want to reduce the vulnerability of communities and create alternatives for livelihoods in a context where it is clear that climate change is here to stay,” said Guilhermina Amurane.
Mozambique is considered one of the countries most severely affected by climate change in the world, facing cyclical flooding and tropical cyclones.
The 2018/2019 rainy season was one of the most severe in memory in Mozambique: 714 people died, including 648 victims of two of the largest cyclones (Idai and Kenneth) ever to hit the country.