Cyclone Idai: Developed countries owe Mozambique "support" and "solidarity"
Augusta Maita. Photo: RM
The Mozambican government’s relief agency, the National Disaster Management Institute (INGC), on Thursday brought together government institutions, donors, cooperation partners and the national humanitarian team to discuss the disaster risk reduction master plan for the 2020-2024 period.
The INGC general director, Augusta Maita, said that the perspective of the master plan is o consolidate the gains made in recent years, particularly in the component of readiness and response, and to advance, in a structured and consistent way, to building a nation that will be more resilient to climate change.
“Mozambique’s development programmes should be planned and implemented taking into consideration the level of vulnerability to which the country is exposed”, she said. Such planning was necessary “to prevent development from causing new risks, as well as to ensure that investments are protected against natural disasters”.
Maita said this goal should be achieved through joint action by the government, cooperation partners, private business and communities.
“We intend to catalogue the actions that each sector will prioritise in the first five years of implementing the master plan, as well as put forward the respective budget”, she added. “We believe this is a crucial step to guarantee better integration of disaster risk reduction in the various planning procedures, as well as creating clarity in the dialogue with our partners to mobilise resources”.
Maita said it was up to each sector, at all levels, to include disaster risk management in all planning processes and guarantee implementation.
She told the INGC’s partners “We hope to continue to receive your support in terms of advocacy inside and outside the country to mobilise resources. The INGC, in its capacity as coordinator of disaster risk management, will, together with the Ministry of Economy and Finance, continue to monitor the planning and implementation of the disaster plan”.