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7.1 Praia Velha Demonstration Project Goals

Within the overall framework of EAF/5 Second Phase activities in Mozambique, the Demonstration Project has the following basic goals:

  • To prepare an adequate management strategy that promotes the use of an integrated approach to coastal area management and planning (ICAM);

  • To address critical issues at the level of a pilot project through a thorough participatory process;

  • To incorporate the interest of key site specific stakeholders based on the needs and demands in the country;

To reduce user conflicts, development opportunities;

promote co-ordination of policies and


  • To strengthen capacity to manage the coastal area ecosystem through training and implementation of integrated management tools and techniques; and

  • To identify investment opportunities and priorities through the development of a pilot project.

The main objective of the Demonstration project is to implement the proposals contained in the Integrated Development Plan (IDP) on a limited scale, so as to act as an example for future development. In the case of Xai-Xai Beach, an appropriate demonstration project includes the elaboration of a more detailed plan, adequate infrastructure execution projects and implementation on a limited spatial unit or small segment. In this case, the Demonstration project includes the following:

  • The elaboration of a detailed new layout plan including allocation of building lots;

  • The preliminary projects for infrastructure development (identification completed - detailed levels and specifications of services to be elaborated by "Provisional Development Agency" (SUIMO) with the APV);

  • The demarcation and pegging of lots (proposed as a pilot project to be carried out by the "Provisional Development Agency" with the authorities and MPV); and

Conclusions for the Praia Velha Site

After the adoption of the EAF/5 First Phase Management Strategy in 1997, the Municipality embarked on the issuing of development concessions for the construction of single residential units in the Praia Velha area. Praia Velha is an area of approximately 20ha to the west of Xai- Xai Beach, which is largely undeveloped. Both Praia Velha and Xai-Xai Beach fall within the jurisdiction of the Municipality of Ciudade do Xai-Xai.

The issued concessions are based on a layout plan drafted by an unknown source. The plan takes the form of a diagram that is not drawn to scale, does not contain any co-ordinates and does not consider the existing topography. The basic scheme takes the form of two residential blocks with straight streets set at rigid perpendicular angles. The blocks were divided into lots of 1000m² with dimensions of 20mx50m (see Annex 3.). It is impossible to implement this layout both from a legal and a practical point of view. Firstly, it is impossible to give an accurate


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