Hazard Profile

In Mauritania, food insecurity and overall vulnerability are results of recurring natural hazards (droughts and floods), increasing food prices and overall scarcity of resources. In 2013, 470.000 people were at risk of food insecurity, and 140.000 people were affected by floods (OCHA, Humanitarian Overview, January 2014). The country continues to host Malian refugees, whose return is contingent upon restoring peace and security in Northern Mali. Weak access to water and hygiene aggravates the spread of epidemics, particularly the rainy season.

CADRI Support to Mauritania

In December 2013, the Government of Mauritania and the UN Country Team undertook a capacity assessment in disaster risk reduction, including preparedness for response, with support from CADRI. The Capacity Assessment identified national capacity development capacities related to disaster risk reduction, and presented recommendations on how these capacities could be strengthened. The validation of the Capacity Assessment Report took place in February 2014. A national workshop on lessons learned from the floods in 2013 and effective flood management practices was organised by the Government, with support from OCHA, convening national stakeholders and the UN partners. Upon validation of the Capacity Assessment report by the Government, Mauritania will embark on developing a National Plan of Action, supported by CADRI. Subsequent technical support from CADRI partner agencies will be available for the implementation of certain capacity development activities in the National Plan.