About Casimiro António, Brian App & Maria Olanda Bata

Casimiro António: Casimiro António is a disaster risk reduction and environment expert with nearly 12 years of risk reduction and adaptation experience, including 4 years of implementing a USAID-funded costal city adaptation project in Mozambique. His expertise includes institutional capacity building; adaptation and resilience knowledge product and tools management; trainings and project management. He has also worked as national coordination director with the Government Disaster Management Agency, and the Disaster Risk Reduction and Emergency Management Officer with the United Nations Development Agency (UNDP) in Mozambique. Mr. António holds a Master’s degree in disaster risk reduction and management from the University of Copenhagen (Denmark) and Lund University (Sweden) and a post-graduate diploma in environmental impact assessment and management from the High Institute for Technology and Communication (ISUTC), Mozambique. Brian App: Brian App is an international natural resource management specialist with over 15 years of experience working in the environmental sector. Mr. App works with Chemonics International where he currently serves as the home office director for the USAID Combatting Wildlife Crime in Southern Africa and Mozambique Costal Cities Adaptation programs. Previously, he served as the deputy chief of party for the Southern Africa Regional Environmental Program (2011-2015) to build resiliency and improve management in the Okavango river basin. He holds a B.S. in management science from the School of Business at the State University of New York and an M.S. in international natural resource management from the School of Forestry at the University of Montana, USA. Maria Olanda Bata: Maria Olanda Bata is a food security, early warning and disaster risk reduction specialist with more than 15 years experience working in the development sector with governmental, academic, and international organisations from Mozambique, southern Africa, and the United States. Ms. Bata currently serves as the Chief of Party for USAID’s Coastal Cities Adaptation Program in Mozambique (CCAP), heading activities to increase understanding of urban adaptation issues and the application of management options for urban adaptation. Prior to CCAP, she served as Country Representative and National Technical Manager for USAID’s Famine Early Warning System Network project where she successfully managed several projects on livelihoods, disaster preparedness and disaster risk reduction. She holds a MSc in Agriculture Education and Communication from the University of Florida, USA.

Climate-resilient Housing in Mozambique’s Coastal Cities

By |2018-05-29T16:47:30+02:00April 25th 2018|climate change & resilience, housing & informality, , , , |

Constructing a house is a rite of passage to adulthood in most peri-urban areas of Mozambique. While it is common for people to build their own homes using traditional techniques, it often reproduces vulnerability as most of these self-built houses are easily damaged even by low or medium magnitude weather events. How can resilient construction techniques prompt behaviour change in house construction and generate income?

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