The United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) just launched a $3.6-million forestry project in the province of Zambezia in central Mozambique.
The project, titled “Payment for Environmental Services to Support Forest Conservation and Sustainable Livelihoods”, aims to promote bio-diversity conservation and mitigate the impact of climate change on forest ecosystems.
According to a press release from the FAO, innovation, expansion
The forest project aims to ensure that local communities benefit from the exploitation of the forests’ resources through conditional payments linked to environmental performance indicators.
“The project will strengthen natural resource management committees, support communities to implement income-generating activities and use the values they receive to improve people’s quality of life” the FAO states.
In partnership with the National Directorate of Forests of Mozambique, the project will be operated in 7 districts in Zambezia, covering a total area of 4 million hectares. Mozambique has about 40 million hectares of natural forests, of which about 27 million hectares are productive forests.
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