Main objective:

The main aim of CIDMA is to build education capacity to improve disaster management in Mozambique, using geospatial information technology. It focuses on spatial data and methods, using digital maps, satellite data, and spatial modelling, in order to foresee and prepare for risks related to possible disasters linked to a changing climate

Specific objectives:

  • develop up-to-date courses in disaster management: courses will be developed in “distance” and “blended” mode, making it possible for the course participants to do parts of the course work from another location than the university
  • train trainers: faculty members at the partner universities and at the ACM will be trained on how to develop and teach the courses
  • implement the developed courses at the partner universities in Mozambique: all three partner universities in Mozambique will offer these courses at the end of the project
  • improve quality in education and teaching: all Mozambique partners will be equipped with eLearning and Open Network Learning (ONL) tools
  • improve infra-structure at the partner universities in Mozambique: a specific aim of this project is to build physical capacity at the four partner institutions in Mozambique, in the form of well equipped laboratories
  • develop and implement a Disaster Management Tool (DMT): a system to capture, store, analyse, and disseminate data and information related to disaster management is crucial within the developed courses, as well as for public use. A web-based disaster management spatial system will thus be developed and implemented
  • disseminate outputs and outcomes: course participants, the general public, as well as environmental management authorities, organisations, and companies, working with policy-making, planning, and operational interventions, will become aware of the applications and advantages of the use of spatial modelling and public web-based systems to increase resilience and decrease impact of climate induced disasters in Mozambique
  • develop Higher Educational Institutions (HEIs) within society: one aim of this project is thus to strengthen these links, making stakeholders aware of the skills and technologies needed, as well as the educated group of graduates that can be employed to support these needs