UNISDR Grants RISK Award to Beira, Mozambique

27 August 2012: The UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR) has granted the first RISK Award to the flood-prone coastal city of Beira, Mozambique. The €100,000 project implementation award is the result of a collaboration between UNISDR, the Munich Re Foundation and the Global Risk Forum, Davos.

According to UNISDR Chief, Margareta Wahlström, the focus of the RISK Award is on early warning in urban areas. Wahlström said 38 project proposals were received from around the world, illustrating the increasing awareness of the need to protect the urban environment against more extreme weather events and climate change

Beira won the RISK award with its proposal to implement a flood warning system based on digital contact sensors. The planned system will be activated by rising water levels coupled by a system of well-trained Disaster Risk Reduction Committees. [UNISDR Press Release]