UN launches $3.6million forest project in central Mozambique

The project aims to ensure that local communities benefit from the exploitation of the forests’ resources.
Bakau Kurap (Rhizophora mucronata), Mangrove restored by the Honko project, on the road to Ifaty, near Belalanda (known as Ambondrolava), southwestern coast of Madagascar, north of Toliara. Biosphoto / Jean-Philippe Delobelle

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 and sustainability are priorities in implementing this new project, which will benefit about 150,000 rural inhabitants with special attention paid to women’s roles in decision-making and benefit-sharing in all components of the project.

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.

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“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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