Support project to the Government of Mozambique for the mainstreaming of climate change into policies and strategies and to adapt to climate change impact

At a glance

Completed programmes
Min. for the Coordination of Environmental Action (MICOA), Min. of Foreign Affairs of Denmark (DANIDA)
Total budget
47,00 M€
GCCA priority area(s)


Mozambique regularly experiences extreme weather events. Droughts occur every three to four years, in a country where most people depend on agriculture for their livelihoods. Many regional river basins converge in Mozambique, and flooding is a perennial threat, especially when coupled with tropical cyclones. The country urgently needs a coordinated approach to tackling climate change.

In January 2015, heavy rains resulted in severe flooding in the north and centre of the country causing deaths and substantial economic damage including to critical infrastructure.  These heavy rains in the region also had a strong negative impact in the energy supply for large areas in the north of the country and several regions remain isolated as of early 2015 due to the collapse of roads and bridges. 

GCCA's action programme
Geographical scope
Country groups
Initial GCCA/GCCA+ contribution
47,000,000.00 €

Overall objective

Support the government's efforts in tackling the adverse effects of climate change, with a special focus on the most vulnerable communities in the rural areas of the country.

Specific objective

Increase the capacity of the Government of Mozambique to adequately mainstream climate change and climate-proofing initiatives into its poverty alleviation and development strategies.


The institutional capacity and technical expertise of key government institutions is strengthened.

This involves reviewing relevant sectoral development strategies to improve the mainstreaming of environmental and climate change themes. These reviews are to be set against the most recent legal and policy framework. Actions are also undertaken to strengthen MICOA’s leadership and mandatory role as focal point in environmental affairs; and to improve the coordination and monitoring of both government- and donor-relevant interventions.

Other courses of action include strengthening the environmental monitoring system to adequately measure sector performance; promoting good governance practices; improving compliance with relevant legal and regulatory framework; and providing a clear reference for enhanced coordination and linkages between all government and non-state actors, at central, provincial and district level.

Information sharing and awareness campaigns are carried out, together with dedicated training courses.

This involves activities to increase the understanding of climate change issues amongst key stakeholders, including civil society and learning institutions at secondary and university level; as well as actions aimed at improving responsiveness to climate change amongst key development agents at all levels from central to local level. On-the-job training for relevant staff at the local level, and the identification of information networks to promote climate change awareness through the cross-dissemination of local knowledge, are also being undertaken.

Implementation of the national response to climate change (Environment Strategy for Sustainable Development, National Adaptation Programme of Action) is supported by putting into practice a number of pilot projects, mainly in the agrarian and agroforestry sectors.

Environment-related institutions are invited to conduct applied research and studies supporting the development of innovative solutions to climate change.

Actions are also being undertaken to identify appropriate adjustment and coping strategies linked to land use in the rural environment, in support of the adaptation of traditional farming and livelihood systems to the changing climatic conditions in vulnerable areas.

Concrete adaptation measures are being implemented in selected vulnerable areas to reduce the vulnerability of the local productive systems and improve resilience to climate change amongst target rural communities.

"We believe that we can change the challenges faced by our people into concrete actions to improve their living conditions by reducing their vulnerability to climate change."

Mrs Alcinda Abreu, Minister for the Coordination of Environmental Affairs.