The African Development Bank (AfDB) is to finance the building of an irrigation dam in southern Mozambique, the Mozambican government said on Thursday.


Government spokesperson Mouzinho Saide told Xinhua on phone that the fund for the Mapai dam in the southern Gaza Province, will be available before the end of the year.

“At the moment there are 4.1 million euros for feasibility studies, environmental impact, as well as irrigation project and resettlement,” he said.

The estimated total project costs are 4.5 million euros, out of which 3.4 million will be financed by African Warter Facility (AWF) grant funding, and 0.7 million funded by Fund for African Private Sector Assistance (FAPA), according to the feasibility report of the Mapai project published by the AfDB.

The report said that the building work will kick off at the beginning of next year, and the overall duration of construction is 36 months from the date of approval.

Mapai locates in the Limpopo Basin, which is characterized by both drought and floods. As the lower end riparian country of the Limpopo river basin, Mozambique is facing severe challenges due to intensive water development and water-use upstream combined with hydrological variations exacerbated by climate change.

The idea of constructing the Mapai dam was conceived in 1970s and followed up in 1980s in response to the emerging needs for flood control and increased dry season river flows, according to the report. Enditem

Source: Xinhua


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