Information equipment strengthens Mozambique’s disaster response capability

Apr 6, 2017

Mozambique National Institute for Disaster Management (INCG), has strengthened its capacity to assess and respond to disasters with the commissioning of a new information management, data collection and analysis system for monitoring extreme events during emergencies.

The equipment inaugurated at a facility of its operation arm, the Centre for Emergency Operations (CENOE) among others includes computers, Drones and Gopro Cameras. These drones and cameras can capture information anywhere in the country in real time. The devices will be able to fly over the area hit at an altitude of up to 600 meters, within a radius of 7 km at a speed of up to 70 km per hour.

In addition to the new devices, INGC also equipped the CENOE facility with an information room for gathering and sharing information as well as for managing its newly created institutional website. The aim is to inform the decision makers and other users about disaster risk management activities as well as on in-country emergency management related activities that occur in the country. This platform will help in speeding up decision making processes and to provide information to all disaster risk practitioners.

This much needed capability development project was supported by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), to enable the INGC to be more robust to respond to the demand for timely and reliable information on the various calamities that have affected Mozambique.

“We are very grateful to UNDP for this support and indeed for partnering with the INGC in planning and responding to disasters to minimize their effect and save lives”, said Mauricio Xerinda, CENOE Director, speaking at the commissioning on March 21.

Xerinda added that the support received from UNDP and other Humanitarian Team members “has reduced the suffering of people affected by natural disasters such as the drought, floods and cyclones that recently affected our country”.

CENOE has always been considered a very important sector in the whole process of disaster risk management and adaptation to climate change, since it is responsible for collecting, analyzing and managing all information related to early warning and emergency response of natural disasters in Mozambique.

UNDP Director a.i. Steven Ursino, speaking at the handover ceremony said: “Our understanding is that the area of information management is a crosscutting issue and constantly evolving area, requiring constant investment in technical means and in the human resources capability. UNDP is also supporting the training of human resources, particularly in the areas of disaster and post-disaster risk assessments as well as information management systems based on remote sensing.”

 “We believe that much remains to be done, but this is undoubtedly a remarkable investment that we would like to celebrate, as Mozambique is a reference in the region and in the world in the area of disaster management,” added the UNDP Director.

UNDP has been cooperating with the INGC since 2007, when significant assistance began to be provided to support Government’s efforts to improve disaster risk management and adaptation to climate change. The current UNDP project focuses on development of policies in the area of ​​disaster risk reduction and adaptation to climate change; capacity development; disaster risk assessments; early warning systems and local disaster risk management committees as well as general response to emergencies.