MIOQUEIM - Study of the effect of fires on the Miombo ecosystem of Gilé National Park

January 2022
January 2025
Project cost
50 000 €
Role in the project
Biodiversity expertise




Biodiversity Climate Forest Remote sensing

Main goals

The main objective of this research is to contribute to the knowledge of the effects of forest fires on the biodiversity and ecosystem services provided by the Miombo forest to improve the performance of management and conservation operations in the Gilé National Park

Specific objectives

SO1. Draw up a fire risk map
SO2. Assess the effect of fire regime variation on vegetation (including orchids and cycads) and megafauna habitats
SO3. Determine the distribution and conservation status of orchid and cycad species
SO4. Determine the tolerance limits of biodiversity (flora and fauna) to uncontrolled fire
SO5. Support the establishment of a forest fire monitoring and management system


  • PNAG technicians and guards will be trained in vegetation and fire monitoring and fire management
  • The study will contribute to the training of master's and undergraduate students in the monitoring of vegetation and fires
  • The project will contribute to research in Mozambique, through the publication of scientific articles and theses and through communications in congresses (national and international)


R1. Fire risk map
R2. Assessment of fire impacts on the vegetation of the PNAG
R3. Preliminary characterization of orchid and cycad species
R4. Definition of tolerance levels for biodiversity fires
R5. Establishment of a long-term fire and vegetation monitoring system
R6. Training of master and undergraduate students
R7. Capacity building of PNAG technicians in the management and monitoring of vegetation and fires
R8. Scientific publications


A1. Development of a deforestation risk map from remote sensing data (MODIS images)
A2. Evaluation of the effects of fires on vegetation and wildlife habitats by carrying out inventories of woody vegetation
A3. Assessment of the conservation status of orchids and cycads by carrying out inventories
A4. Establishment of a fire monitoring system indicating priority areas, methods and indicators monitored

Related people

Environmental and Spatial Analyst / Forest & REDD+ / Mozambique

Sá Nogueira Lisboa

Earned a BSc in Forestry and an MSc in Biodiversity Conservation and Management of Tropical Ecosystems at Eduardo Mondlane University, Mozambique. His main research interest is forest dynamic, emphasizing ecological and human processes, trade-offs among ecosystem services and biodiversity. He has over five years of experience working with rural communities, NGOs, national governments, and international agencies. He brings his expertise in landscape-scale spatial modeling using innovative tools to address challenges related to land use change and environmental impacts.

Project officer / Forest & REDD + / France

Frédérique Montfort

Doctor of AgroParisTech in environmental sciences, she brings her expertise on the biodiversity component and on the degradation and restoration of forest landscapes. She joined N’Lab de Nitidæ in 2017 to carry out her thesis with the association, UR Forêts & Sociétés and UMR Tétis on the degradation and restoration of Miombo forest landscapes in Mozambique. She is currently conducting studies and technical support (capacity building, technology transfer) on various projects of the association

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Country representative in Mozambique

Jean-Baptiste Roelens

Holder of a master Tropical environment and Biodiversity, he worked for 3 years in French Guyana, notably as forest ecology and soil science research officer at CIRAD. From 2008 to 2016 he worked at the WWF in Madagascar, France and Democratic Republic of Congo as Forest and Climate program manager. At WWF, he supported conservation, forest landscape restoration and REDD+ projects, he also conducted campaign and advocacy work on forest policies and energy infrastructure development. He joined Etc Terra - then nitidæ - in May 2016 as MOZBIO project manager around the Gilé national reserve in the Zambézia province in Mozambique.

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Administrative and financial manager / Mozambique

Palmira Marinho Gravata Vitória

Graduated in economics and education from the Pedagogical University of Mozambique, with 7 years of experience as an administrative assistant, since 2019 she has been responsible for administration, finance, human resources management and relations public.