GeoHumNeeds – Consultancy for developing/updating of a database, web portal and geoportal (2017-2018)

COOPI – Cooperazione Internazionale is a humanitarian, non-confessional and independent organization founded in 1965 in Milan, Italy. For more than 50 years, COOPI has been dedicated to breaking the cycle of poverty and to supporting populations affected by wars, socio-economic crises or natural disasters in their path to recovery and sustainable development, by making use of the professionalism of local and international operators, and through our partnerships with public and private bodies and civil society organizations.

In Malawi, COOPI is implementing the project “Strengthening the Disaster Risk Management System at the National and District Level to reduce future humanitarian needs by decreasing risk to vulnerable population in Malawi” – ECHO/-SF/BUD/2017/91009, in collaboration with Concern Worldwide and funded by Directorate – General for European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (ECHO).

COOPI and Concern WorldWide (CWW), as a Consortium led by COOPI, aim to strengthen Malawi’s Disaster Risk Management (DRM) system at the national level, supporting the Department of Disaster Management Affairs (DoDMA) in disaster preparedness, and at district level, focusing on Mangochi and Nsanje. The Consortium will contribute to strengthening existing coordination structures, mapping the ke y stakeholders and main resources involved in DRM and sharing this information on a web-based geoportal. The Consortium will work to strengthen the capacities of DoDMA at the national level with the creation a geo-database, connected to a Geographic Information System (GIS), on available resources and vulnerabilities for crisis and land management. It will provide information to inform public policy support and decision making for DRR projects and development actions. The geo-database will be linked to a web platform. In achieving these objectives, the Consortium will utilize innovative technologies, including high-quality imagery through UAVs (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles). The area of intervention covers: Mangochi, Nsanje and Salima districts; Lilongwe.

Z_GIS is contributing to this project through:

  • Activity 1: Assessing the state of DRR information in Malawi and setup of a Malawi DRR
  • Geo-database
  • Activity 2: Establish a  Malawi DRR platform
  • Activity 3: Used Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) for flood hazard mapping
  • Activity 4 – Building Information management capacities and knowledge development


Instrument: Institutional Funding (COOPI), ECHO

Role: Coordinator

Project Volume: 49.200 EUR

Contact Person: Stefan Kienberger

Researchers Involved: Sebastian d’Oleire-Oltmanns, Bernd Resch, Jakob Miksch, Kalliopi Kyriakou

Duration: 11.2017 – 12.2018