Integrated Water Resources Management
in the Rural-Urban Transition of Mozambique

24 April 2020

Organized by:
Politecnico di Milano, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (DICA) / Department of Architecture and Urban Studies (DAStU)
Università degli Studi di Firenze, Department of Agriculture, Food, Environment and Forestry (DAGRI)
Università degli Studi di Urbino, Department of Biomolecular Sciences (DISB)

In the framework of the projects:
Boa_Ma_Nhã, Maputo!
Quelimane agricola: produce, cresce e consuma sostenibile
Agri-SMART: sostegno a resilienza e sviluppo inclusivo
Foreste – Rafforzamento della resilienza di Organizzazioni Rurali e Sistemi Territoriali Ecosostenibili

With the participation of:
ICEI, COSV, Manitese, Polisocial Award, AICS

Presentations can be downloaded from this LINK


GREETINGS & WELCOME Maria Cristina Rulli & Andrea Castelletti (DICA | DEIB, Politecnico di Milano) Laura Montedoro (Boa_Ma_Nhã, Maputo! Project Coordinator, DAStU, Politecnico di Milano) Giulia Donnici (Quelimane agricola Project Coordinator, Mani Tese) Alberto Tanganelli (Agri-SMART Project Coordinator, COSV) Giovanna Fotia, Valentina Uccelli (Foreste Project Coordinators, ICEI)

Supporting Marginal Farmers with Appropriate Technologies: the Quelimane Agricola Project in Zambezia Giulio Castelli, Elena Bresci, Federico Preti (DAGRI, Università degli Studi di Firenze)

Individualisation of Smallholder Irrigation from Sand River Aquifers in Arid African Lands
Annelieke Duker (IHE Delft)


Piloting Solar-powered Irrigation Technologies with Smallholder Farmers – Lessons from the Limpopo Basin
Berry van den Pol (Practica Foundation)

Access and Management of Rural Water in Zambezia Province, Mozambique
Sergio Alexandre Ernesto (Universidade Licungo)


Ecosystem Services Assessment to Support Sustainable Rural Development
Tommaso Pacetti, Riccardo Santolini  (DISB, Università degli Studi di Urbino)

The Urban Metabolism of Waterborne Diseases: (Waste)Water Flows, Everyday Practices and Hydroclimatic Extremes in Maputo, Mozambique
Maria Rusca (Uppsala University)

Umbeluzi River: Dealing with Water Scarcity and Competition from Upstream Rural Communities to Maputo
Davide Danilo Chiarelli (DICA, Politecnico di Milano)


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
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


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