Maputo, Mozambique, 6 Dec – The World Bank plans to contribute US$70 million to fund a programme for the development of water resources in Mozambique over the next six years, under the terms of an agreement signed Monday in Maputo.
Mozambican daily newspaper Notícias said that the main aim of the programme was to improve management capacity and development of water resources, as well as planning and execution of water systems to meet demand for water, mainly for domestic consumption and food production.
Of the US$70 million, US$42 million will be used to install the sluice gates on the Corrumana dam in order to increase water storage capacity and availability to the cities of Maputo and Matola, US$11 million will be used for institutional development of water resources and US$12.5 million will be applied to implement structural and non-structural measures to reduce the effects of floods and droughts.
Mozambique’s minister for planning and development, Aiuba Cuereneia said that with this programme the government aimed, amongst other things, to increase water retention capacity in the Corrumana dam to around 17 million cubic metres per year, increase the number of hydrographical basins with management plans as well as the number of hydro-weather stations across the country.
Sri Mulyami Indrawati, the director general of the World Bank, on a visit to Mozambique, said that the programme would benefit from additional funding of US$10 million for the pilot project for climate change elasticity, managed by the World Bank. (macauhub)