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Master plan for port town Beira, Mozambique


The Dutch research institute Deltares and engineering firm Witteveen+Bos join forces in developing the ‘2035 Master Plan’ for the city of Beira, a large Mozambican port town. Beira has a population of 400,000 and faces numerous challenges in the years to come, such as climate change, increasing need for (drinking) water, sewage systems, spatial planning and transport. The master plan provides an integrated vision on how to deal with the expected developments.

The master plan will be completed in October 2013. The plan is to be formulated in close cooperation with the local stakeholders, which leads to a document with a firm basis in the community, that connects optimally to the actual practice. The Danish engineering firm NIRAS, one of Witteveen+Bos’s partners in the European knowledge-network SEEN, will also contribute to the masterplan.

To ensure the actual implementation of the plans, during the follow-up projects financiers are invited to participate in the earliest stages. International investors such as the World Bank and the African Development Bank as well as Mozambican public-private parties like the municipality of Beira, the railroad company and large mining companies will be asked to join in.

‘Master Plan 2035’ is part of the Dutch government programme ‘Water Mondiaal’ and demonstrates the importance of Africa as a region of economic growth.

Read more on the Deltares website.