Building a More Resilient Mozambique.

Coastal City Adaptation Project (CCAP)

Project Dates: November 2013 - November 2018
Mozambique’s coastal cities, which are some of the areas most vulnerable to climate change in Africa, must adapt to extreme weather and become more resilient.

Home to 60 percent of the country’s population, Mozambique’s coastal cities drive national economic development. But because of their locations, they are also some of the most vulnerable cities in Africa: They are exposed to rises in sea level, cyclones, erosion, tropical storms, and other effects of climate change. The USAID Coastal City Adaptation Project (CCAP) worked with five cities — Pemba, Quelimane, Nacala, Mocimboa da Praia, and Ilha de Moçambique — to protect livelihoods from the effects of climate change and improve residents’ lives. The project applied solutions that strengthened community resilience in the cities by, for example, disseminating pertinent information about weather and assisting citizens with the restoration and management of critical resources, including green infrastructure. CCAP also improved the way that municipalities prepare for and respond to natural disasters.

Project Goals


  • Increase local capacity to manage resources for adapting to climate change
  • Decrease vulnerability to climate change in the project’s five target cities
  • Improve municipal authorities’ understanding of urban adaptation issues and encourage the use of management tools that address these issues
  • Share lessons learned about coastal adaptation in urban settings, which can be applied by other coastal cities and USAID’s future urban adaptation efforts

Our Impact Storm Warnings in Mozambique

A new service provides citizens in Mozambique with life-saving information about approaching natural disasters.

Home to 60 percent of the country’s population, Mozambique’s coastal cities drive national economic development. But because of their locations, they are also some of the most vulnerable cities in Africa: They are exposed to rises in sea level, cyclones, erosion, tropical storms, and other effects of climate change. The USAID Coastal City Adaptation Project…

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Our Impact Saving Lives through Cell Phones in Mozambique

In Mozambique, a low-cost, SMS-based early warning system is empowering community members to prepare for and respond to natural disasters.

Home to 60 percent of the country’s population, Mozambique’s coastal cities drive national economic development. But because of their locations, they are also some of the most vulnerable cities in Africa: They are exposed to rises in sea level, cyclones, erosion, tropical storms, and other effects of climate change. The USAID Coastal City Adaptation Project…

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