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Edward commented on Community mapping for flood resilience

Jonston - great idea to propose this and good to see that you are continuing to champion this through your networks of youth and university.

Comments: indeed http://www.ramanihuria.org is the ongoing evolution of the original proof of concept called 'ramani tandale' in 2011 in which Jonston was a star community mapper. It was after the devastating floods of Dec 2011 in Dar es Salaam that the community mapping began to really focus and develop a methodology for urban flood issues, but it is still not a well known project or methodology and its evolving all the time.

The challenge is a sequence of inter-connected issues: informal and unplanned settlements in watershed areas aggravate drainage, lack of waste collection services or poor drains maintenance also exacerbate the flood risk, and already poor communities are left with limited resources to deal with flood waters that are often contaminated with secondary hazards such as mosquito or water borne disease. The current ramani huria work is also supporting the local authorities effects to map and manage the current cholera outbreak.

In my view this idea is addressing several key challenges at once. First the mapping is producing critical local information on exposure in informal areas - both of vulnerable groups and on critical community infrastructure. Second, the mapping campaigns are working via interdisciplinary and heterogeneous groups of students, community members, red cross volunteers and local authorities - its building the ecosystem of stakeholders and capacities around the data. And finally, the participatory approach is also engaging local leaders in the conversations around risk management so that the process itself results in more than just a map.

Here is a video that was done for one of the local workshops: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WuEiZ_Mqi78

Nice idea Jonston - hope that you can get support to scale up and mainstream this approach.