In 2019, Beira was devastated by Cyclone Idai, which killed more than 750 people, damaged 90% of the City’s infrastructure, including the country’s main port, and left entire areas under water. This event has triggered a stimulus to activate support and resources to implement interventions to strengthen the City’s readiness to mitigate, respond to, and recover from the future impacts of natural disasters and climate change.
The Coastal Protection Project aims to develop a strategy to protect Beira and its over 600,000 citizens against sea hazards, flooding, and other climate-related disasters. It forms part of the climate resilience component of the “Cyclone Idai and Kenneth Emergency Recovery and Resilience Project” (ERRP), which aims to support the recovery of public and private infrastructure and livelihoods while strengthening climate resilience in the areas most affected by Cyclones Idai and Kenneth. The ERRP is financed jointly by the World Bank and Netherlands Enterprise Agency.
The newly commissioned Coastal Protection Project entails the preparation of a feasibility study including a preliminary design for the selected preferred coastal protection scheme for Beira, and is financed by the Netherlands Enterprise Agency through the Develop2Build (D2B) programme, with Administração de Infra-Estruturas de Águas e Saneamento (AIAS) acting as implementing agency. The project scope also includes an Environmental Pre-Feasibility Study and Scoping Definition (EPDA) and the development of an Implementation Strategy for the next phases.
In the eye of a storm
Because Beira is in a low-lying area, it is often battered by intensive rainfall and coastal flooding. The overarching goal of the project is to repair and strengthen the coastal protection infrastructure and integrate these interventions into the urban and natural environment.
As leading consultant on the project, Royal HaskoningDHV, an independent international engineering and project management consultancy, will lead the overall project, design and project management process out of its offices in Mozambique and The Netherlands.
“Climate change, economic and population growth, coastal erosion, and urban sprawl has made Beira and its inhabitants more vulnerable than ever, especially to cyclones. A significant improvement of the coastal protection scheme is needed to provide sufficient protection for Beira against sea hazards for decades to come. This improvement aims to not only protect Beira and its citizens, but to also add value to the spatial quality and stimulate desired socioeconomic and nature developments,” says Royal HaskoningDHV technical lead, Odelinde Nieuwenhuis.