Making vulnerable cities climate resilient means building on past success

By Jeff Tyson 07 December 2015

How can vulnerable cities be made more resilient to the effects of climate change? Carlos Quintela, senior project manager and environmental policy specialist at Chemonics, shares insights from his work in Mozambique.

When Carlos Quintela, senior project manager and environmental policy specialist at Chemonics, was charged with helping to strengthen Mozambique’s coastal cities and make them resilient to the effects of climate change, he knew his first step was to understand the work that had already been done in the area.

“If we had started from scratch, if we had neglected the work that they had done before … we would still be struggling,” Quintela said.

Quintela was chief of party for the U.S. Agency for International Development-funded Mozambique Coastal City Adaptation project — a five-year initiative designed to strengthen urban areas on the coast where 60 percent of the country’s population lives.

By understanding the U.S. government’s previous work helping the cities to develop a cadastre — a system of registering properties — Quintela and his team saw how they could “overlay” a “vulnerability map” onto the cadastre.

Watch the video above to learn more about Quintela’s work and the lessons he learned on resilience.

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Jeff is a global development reporter for Devex. Based in Washington, DC, he covers multilateral affairs, U.S. aid and international development trends. He has worked with human rights organizations in both Senegal and the United States, and prior to joining Devex worked as a production assistant at National Public Radio. He holds a master's degree in journalism from Columbia University and a bachelor’s degree in international relations and French from the University of Rochester.


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