Comoros - Training on "Land Management, Natural Risks, and Adaptation to Climate Change »

Context: 

Small Island State in the Indian Ocean, the Union of Comoros is regularly affected by natural disasters such as tropical storms, cyclones and floods. Between 20th and 25th April 2012, torrential rains led to floods in the whole country with heavy damages: 4 deads, 83 injured, 481 families without home, 40.000 displaced people, 1700 houses flooded and more than 200km of roads degraded. Lack of drinkable water affected the population during several days, including in the capital (Moroni). In 2014

In 2014 heavy rains from tropical storm Helen led to significant landslides that affected Bandra village on the Anjouan island. Several buildings have been damaged as well as the road, isolating the Jimlimé region. 1650 personnes were displaced and 625 students could not go to school.

The government of Comoros is willing to build land management plans integrating natural disaster risk in order to organise and protect its territories.

Following 2012 floods, Australia granted a fund to carry out a pilot study on Moheli island. This pilot study aimed at identifying risks and setting-up tools for planification and legal framework.

During this study almost 17,000 buildings and 200km of roads were digitised and most of them accompanied by data from field surveys.

In order to use this information, there is a need for capacity building inside the two institutions owning the software R&D-Territoire, aerial images and database: Direction Générale de la Protection Civile (DGSC) and Direction Générale de l’Aménagement du Territoire (DGAT).

Objectives: 

It is in this context that a technical assistance from the CSF was requested in order to:

- train 10 staff from DGSC for building and roads vulnerability analysis and field surveys

- train 5 staff from DGAT to mainstreaming of natural risks into land management and planning; practical exercice with a district rehabilitation study, in close collaboration with local authorities and populations

Results: 

The two trainings were very successfully implemented. Key elements of these trainings are available in the documents links on the right column of this page.

Practical exercice during the second training allowed to highlight opportunities of rehabilitation and management of the district. These results have been taken over by the local authority for mainstreaming in there community development plan.

A national restitution seminar closed the assignment.