Massingir Dam Emergency Rehabilitation Project
- Reference: P-MZ-AAC-002
- Approval date: 14/07/2009
- Start date: 15/03/2010
- Appraisal Date: 28/10/2008
- Status: OngoingOnGo
- Implementing Agency: PROJECTO INTEGRADO DE AGUA E SANEAMENTO PARA NAMPULA E NIASSA
- Location: Gaza Province
The Project will be implemented under 2 components namely:
(i) Rehabilitation of the Massingir Dam Bottom Outlets; and
(ii) Project Management (including Consultancy Services for the Supervision of Engineering Works), under ARASUL. The Project will be implemented over a two year period (2009 - 2011). It is estimated to cost UA 21.44 million out of which the Bank will contribute UA 13.30 million (62%) and the Government 8.14 million (38%). The beneficiaries of the Project will be about 16,000 smallholder farmers located downstream in Xai-Xai and Chokwe Districts (Gaza Province), and people living in Massingir village for water supply; 550 fisher-men and women operating in the dam; and Procana Sugar Irrigation scheme which is a private sector initiative dependent on the efficient operation of the Dam.
The Project objectives are to:
(i) ensure sustainability of the Massingir Dam by preventing its total collapse in the event of heavy downpour; and
(ii) improve food production and the living standards of the target group through sustainable improvement of the operational efficiency of the Dam. This would facilitate the productive capacity of farmers both small and medium scale to produce major crops downstream in Chokwe and Xai-Xai Districts (Gaza Province).
The current CSP was approved by the Board in April 2006 and its implementation period spans through to 2009. The major pillars identified for the Bank support are:
(i) Governance (including institutional capacity building); and
(ii) infrastructure development to increase access to basic economic and social services. The proposed Project is anchored on the second pillar. The Project aims to contribute to Government stated goal of accelerated GDP growth and poverty reduction and sustainable livelihoods through efficient use of the water resources. The Project will lead to development of the necessary civil and mechanical infrastructures that would assist in the maximization of the full benefits of the Massingir Dam.
The Project is also in line with one of the key pillars of PARPA II (which the Government of Mozambique's version of the Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper). PARPA II aims to reduce absolute poverty and will be implemented over the period of 2006-2009 (PARPA II). This was approved by the Council of Ministers. The PARPA II has three main pillars namely governance, human capital, and economic development. The overall objective of the PARPA is the improvement of the standard of living and welfare of Mozambique's citizens. The long-term objectives also include the following:
(i) a balanced economic and social development;
(ii) reduction of absolute poverty;
(iii) consolidation of the peace, national unity, and democracy;
(iv) widespread application of the rules of justice;
(v) improvements in education and health;
(vi) encouragement of work, honesty, zeal, and enthusiasm; (vii) the guarantee of individual freedoms and social harmony; (viii) the imposition of laws against criminal acts; the guarantee of sovereignty, and (ix) the guarantee of sovereignty and the strengthening of international cooperation.
The Project is of high economic importance to the Government of Mozambique. Firstly, it brings into the table the opportunity of fully rehabilitating the Massingir Dam by holistically reviewing the entire infrastructure especially those that predate the colonial era (which are now in bad state of disrepair). Secondly, the Project will help to address the potential environmental and ecological problems that could arise as result of the damages already existing on the Dam. Finally the need to ensure the safety of the dam all the year round is of critical concern to the Government in order to withstand the likely effects of floods Therefore none investment in this Dam portends great economic loss.
Gradual increase in the operational efficiency of the dam from 1,600 Mm
SILUNGWE Yappy Gregory - RDGS4