Maputo 2050: water demand and availability for a growing population and economy

by André

You might have understood by now that I really enjoy playing with data, particularly use publicly available data to characterize decision making processes in the water and sanitation sector in Mozambique. That’s exactly what I did for my previous article. This time around I am looking at water demand for the city of Maputo until 2050 and compare that to the existing and projected availability. Continue reading

It’s always great to return to Mozambique

by André

I just return from another full month in Mozambique and I am now taking the time to share my thoughts about what happened. Continue reading

Three day workshop in Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam)

by André and Noor

On the last week of January 2016 André, Noor and Celma attended an NWO workshop in Ho Hi Minh City, Vietnam. The meeting brought together, for the first time, researchers and PhD candidates involved in the Urbanizing Deltas of the World-I (UDW-I) call, and created an open forum for discussion on the content and on research uptake and stakeholder engagement. Unfortunately not everybody could join, due to visa issues, and that was also the case of our colleague Joaquim. Continue reading

Week 2 and 3 in Maputo

By Hidde Schijfsma and Jesse Salet

The more time we spend here in Maputo, the more we learn about this amazing city and the more we get used to the habits of the people over here. Continue reading

Thoughts on the IMARC workshop

by André and Paul Loth (Dunea)

As I wrote before, we organized a workshop in Maputo on the 6th of July, together with Unesco-IHE, Universidade Eduardo Mondlane (UEM) and Dunea, to present the Integrated Managed Aquifer Recharge Concept (IMARC). Since the 1950-ies Dunea applies Managed Aquifer Recharge (MAR) in the coastal dunes of the Netherlands, now providing 1.3 million people with high-quality drinking water. Dunea’s area of operation is around Scheveningen in the West of the country, close to The Hague. Dunea gradually added nature conservation and recreational use as a prototype IMARC – the protected dune areas around Scheveningen yearly receive one million recreational visitors. In the case of Mozambique, we see IMARC as a way of preventing saline intrusion, already a serious issue in some areas of Maputo, while protecting the environment.

For the workshop UEM provided a large and comfortable auditorium and logistic support. UEM also arranged simultaneous translation, which allowed the participants who did not understand Portuguese to follow the presentations and the plenary discussions without problems. We are indebted to UEM for the invaluable support given in organizing the workshop, without them the workshop would not have been such an outstanding success.

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Urbanising Deltas of the World – second call

by André

At the beginning of 2015 NWO launched a second call with the theme Urbanising Deltas of the World:

Urbanising Deltas of the World (UDW) has launched its second call for proposals, which aims to fund research & innovation projects that address business challenges in deltas in developing countries. Proposals could be submitted until 16 March 2015

In the first call we were one of seven selected projects with a Water Reuse project. This time around, we submitted a proposal around the concept of Integrated Managed Aquifer Recharge and as before we teamed up with amazing partners, including Unesco-IHE, Universidade Eduardo Mondlane FIPAG, ARA Sul, Dunea, Royal HaskoningDHV, Het Waterlaboratorium, AquaforAll, VitensEvides International, Elemental Water Makers and Deltares.

Given that our consortium passed the first approval phase, NWO asked us to organize a workshop involving relevant stakeholders and conducting a joint problem analysis. With this in mind, we are organizing a workshop in the city of Maputo on the 6th of July 2015. You can find more information about the workshop here.

Finally, if you are interested in participating in the workshop, do not hesitate to contact us by sending an email to