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Report from Mozambique: How to Build Capacity in Climate Resilience Planning
February 20, 2017
How much fresh water is available to people, where it is and how it is managed are probably the most important questions in water security. Miren Gutierrez of CDKN looks at the context in which CDKN and the Global Water Partnership put in place a capacity building programme aimed at improving resilience in Mozambique.
At the beginning of the year, the Maputo Regional Water Company (Águas da Região de Maputo) announced severe restrictions in the water service in the Greater Maputo Metropolitan Area (which includes Maputo and Matola, and Boane district [about 4.22 mill. in total]), reports AllAfrica. The reason is that the Umbeluzi River and the reservoir at the Pequenos Libombos dam are not supplying enough water.
Under normal circumstances, coverage of drinking water supplies in Mozambique is low, at 49%, with a large difference between urban coverage (80%) and rural coverage (35%), says UNICEF. But the drought affecting the south of the country for the last two years, combined with weak rainfall in the current rainy season, have diminished the volume of stored water available to Greater Maputo, resulting in water restrictions since January 10.