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University of Guelph (1998)

Opportunities and challenges in planning with nature : enso and drought management in Mozambique

Head, Kevin Douglas

Titre : Opportunities and challenges in planning with nature : enso and drought management in Mozambique

Auteur : Head, Kevin Douglas

Université de soutenance : University of Guelph

Grade : (M.Sc.) 1998

Résumé
Mozambique is a poor country with a high exposure to recurring drought. The population of Mozambique has a low resistance to the variability that drought brings. This study examines the problem of how to better manage drought in this context, through managing the risks of drought rather than the crisis of drought. The study focuses on three relevant issues : assessing the risk of exposure to drought, exploring control options to mitigate the impacts of drought and assessing the institutional capacity to plan for and manage drought. Rainfall data from 58 stations covering the years 1951 to 1982 is compared to southern oscillation index (SOI) data covering the same period. Quantitative analysis of the results is used to improve the exposure assessment to drought in Mozambique. A control option is presented which may be both sustainable and feasible for the context of Mozambique. This is complemented with an analysis of the institutional capacity of Mozambique to implement a risk management approach in planningfor drought. An action plan to help the government of Mozambique overcome institutional barriers, fill knowledge gaps and ensure a proactive local response to drought is presented.

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