ConHaz : Consultancy to assess the current hazard mapping capacity and effectiveness of scenario based tools for long term planning mechanisms

Funding: UNDP Malawi

Duration: 08/11 – 12/11

Project Partners: COOPI | UNDP

Website: http://www.gi4drr.org (see reports!)

Description:

The Government of Malawi (GoM), through the Ministry of Development Planning and Cooperation, with support from the Japanese Government and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), is implementing a two-year project ‘Building Capacity for Integrated and Comprehensive Approaches to Climate Change Adaptation in Malawi (AAP Malawi)’. The objective of the project was to enhance Malawi’s existing climate initiatives by strengthening capacity for long term investment, and management of climate-resilient sustainable development.

Specific research input:

The consultancy, funded by UNDP, included the identification of (i) existing data gaps to be filled and of (ii) methodologies which enable appropriate hazard and vulnerability mapping at multiple levels. In order to promote the development of a capacity building programme, the consultancy also incorporated the following aspects:

  • Identification of specific human resources and capacities within government agencies.
  • Recommendations on the provision of training.
  • Creation of a detailed list of hardware, software and data to be purchased/collected.
  • Identification of appropriate innovative technologies.
  • Budget plan recommendations in line with the country’s priorities and
    potentialities.

The consultancy included the use of appropriate GIS and Earth Observation (EO) technologies adapted to the objectives of the aforementioned two-year project ‘Building Capacity for Integrated and Comprehensive Approaches to Climate Change Adaptation in Malawi (AAP Malawi)’.

Involved ISI staff: Dr. Stefan Kienberger, Dr. Michael Hagenlocher, Peter Zeil