FRAGILE MOZAMBIQUE
BETWEEN URBAN AND RURAL

21 October 2019
h 8.45 – 18.00
Aula Gamma | School of Architecture and Society
Politecnico di Milano

We are glad to invite you to the international seminar
“FRAGILE MOZAMBIQUE BETWEEN URBAN AND RURAL
The challenge of sustainable development in a country in search of new tools for territorial governance and planning”

The seminar proposes a discussion with international experts on methodologies and tools for sustainable territorial planning in the fragile contexts of the Global South.
The focus is on Mozambique, a country subjected to the effects of climate change, fragile in social and economic terms, energy production and access, food security and water management, the relationship between rural and urban areas, the integration of built and intangible assets.
These challenges require innovative design and governance tools capable of integrating aspects of variability and / or informality that represent a paradigm shift with respect to the consolidated European planning tradition. The seminar is proposed as a field for open and inter-disciplinary discussion at international level.

The seminar is the first of a cycle of encounters and an exhibition about Mozambique at Polimi. Organized in cooperation with “Boa_Ma_Nhã, Maputo” Polisocial Award 2018, funded by DAStU – Politecnico di Milano and Polisocial

CUCS 2019

On the 19-21 September, Boa_Ma_Nhã, Maputo! team presented the paper “Boa_Ma_Nhã, Maputo! Exploring the Water-Energy-Food nexus for sustainable territorial development in a fragmented and fragile metropolitan area in the Global South” (by L. Montedoro, M.C. Pastore, A. Frigerio and A. Buoli) at the 6th CUCS Conference “Citizenship and common goods” in Trento.
The paper will be published on JUNCO Journal of UNiversities and international development COoperation.

CUCS 2019, Poster presentation. Photo by A. Buoli
CUCS 2019, Poster presentation. Photo by A. Buoli

FIELDWORK MISSION

24 August – 06 September 2019
Maputo Metropolitan Area

Funded by Polisocial Award and AICS Maputo

Mission participants: Laura Montedoro (DAStU), Maria Cristina Rulli (DICA), Michele Ugolini (DAStU), Agostino Petrillo (DAStU), Maria Chiara Pastore (DAStU), Alessandro Frigerio (DAStU), Alice Buoli (DAStU), Alessandro Amaranto (DEIB), Davide Chiarelli (DICA), Lorenzo Rinaldi (Energia).

DAY 1 // Maputo
The second day is dedicated to an International Seminar organized by Mondlane University together with Politecnico di Milano: “Territorial Planning and Sustainable Development: a research project on the Maputo Province”. Great presentations and discussion, with the first validation of the project’s assessment report. A good start for profitable cooperation!

DAY 2 // Maputo
The second day is dedicated to an International Seminar organized by Mondlane University together with Politecnico di Milano: “Territorial Planning and Sustainable Development: a research project on the Maputo Province”. Great presentations and discussion, with the first validation of the project’s assessment report. A good start for profitable cooperation!

DAY 3 // Boane
The team met the president of the Boane District Government & the rural cooperative “25 de Septembro”: good practices in food production.

DAY 4 // Namaacha
Visiting the mission and the rural technical school of Namaacha, a project by Progettomondo.mlal Moçambique.
We also visited the city council of Namaacha and the local markets.

DAY 5 // Moamba & Ressano Garcia
We traveled along the Maputo Corridor passing through Moamba, till the border post of Ressano Garcia, observing mobility practices, trade dynamics and logistics along the corridor and across the border between Mozambique and South Africa.
The team also visited the Centro de Desenvolvimento Agrario de Sabie (Mondlane University) where innovative and organic production techniques and water management systems are tested and implemented.

DAY 6-7 // Maputo Special Reserve & Inhaca Island Reserve
We visited two of the main natural reserves and cross-border cooperation protection areas in the Province, rich in biodiversity meeting the local rangers. 

Maputo Special Reserve, September 2019. Photo by A. Frigerio

DAY 8 // Maputo
BOA_MA_NHÃ team met the Director of the Centro Nacional de Cartografia e Teledetecção (CENACARTA), the Director of the Centro de Programas e Políticas Agrárias (CEPPAG), the Italian Honorary Consul and members of the Gabinete de Cooperação of the Eduardo Mondlane University.

DAY 7 // Namaacha – Eswatini – Maputo
With our amazing partner Francesco Margara – we went to Namaacha to meet Erasmo, pioneering entrepreneur in the field of strawberries production and sustainable agriculture. We visited the local markets and the spectacular ruins of the Instituto João de Deus. We also crossed the border between Mozambique and Eswatini to discover a different water management and crops irrigation system.

Meanwhile in Maputo we met the illustrious architect José Forjaz and prof. Paul Jenkins, two main references for our project.

Erasmo Armatal’s strawberries production in Namaacha. September 2019 (Photo by L. Rinaldi)

DAY 8 // Maputo
On our last day in Mozambique we met the Director of the Italian Cooperation Agency (Agenzia Italiana per la Cooperazione allo Sviluppo – Maputo), Dr. Fabio Melloni.
We then visited a series of renovation interventions in Chamanculo C neighborhood with Davide Valentino from AICS and ASF Spain.
We then moved to Mondlane University to meet with experts from Centre for Policy Analysis (CAS).
Our final stop was in Mafalala, where we were guided in the neighborhood by the NGO Iverca: we learned about the history, culture and (material and immaterial) heritage of one of the most amazing bairro of the city.

Chamanculo C, Maputo. Photo by A. Buoli

ASSESSMENT REPORT |
First Draft Presentation

On the 23rd of July, the interdipartimental team of the “Boa_ma_nhã, Maputo!” project convened for the presentation and discussion of the draft Assessment Report, the first research output of the project which includes a thorough examination of the key dimensions and issues of the Maputo metropolitan area.
The Report will be then validated through the fieldwork mission, planned for the end of summer 2019, during which it will be also shared with and presented to the local partners and to relevant actors and policy-makers in the region. 

Boa_Ma_Nhã, Maputo! Wins the Polisocial Award 2018

On February 7th, 2019, “Boa_Ma_Nhã, Maputo!” (scientific manager Professor Laura Montedoro) has been conferred the  Polisocial Award 2018, a competition which rewards projects with high social impacts from Politecnico di Milano. 

“Boa_Ma_Nhã, Maputo!” is a study for the integrated development of the regions BOAne, MoAmba, Namaaacha (Mozambique).
“Boa_Ma_Nhã, Maputo!” follows the successful Polisocial experience of Mo.N.G.U.E., a research project aiming to integrate environment, growth, university, and education. The research team is characterized by the involvement of multi-sectoral partners which brings expertise in various academic fields, including urban planning, energy, hydraulic engineering, and water management. The goal of the project is to contribute to the development of the Maputo (Mozambique) area through efficient landscape planning, and by providing local entities with a methodology and a development plan. In particular, the research team focuses on the water-food-energy nexus, with a particular highlight on the agricultural sector.