MOZBIO - Support to the development of communities bordering the Gilé National Reserve

June 2016
April 2019
Project cost
1 660 000 USD
Role in the project




Agriculture Organic Agriculture Bioenergy Biodiversity Climate Forest Market REDD+


Peanut Cashew Corn Cassava NTFPs Sesame


Fondation IGF · ANAC - National Administration for Conservation Areas · RNG - Réserve Nationale de Gilé · Ministère de la Terre, de l’Environnement et du Développement Rural (MITADER) (Mozambique) · INCAJU · The World Bank

Main goals

The province of Zambezia, in northern Mozambique, has the expanse of dry forests, known as Miombo Forests, the largest in the country. It is home to the Gilé National Reserve (RNG), long considered one of the jewels of Mozambique's biodiversity. However, nearly 20 years of civil war had the collateral effect of devastating the infrastructure and reducing to almost zero the great fauna. The objective of Mozbio is to reduce deforestation, contribute to the preservation of the biodiversity of the Gilé National Reserve and the sustainable management of the natural resources of the buffer zone by local communities.

Specific objectives

Continue to promote agro-ecological practices initiated as part of the project to combat deforestation of the RNG completed in 2017

Initiate pilot activities at Gilé and Pebane district level to address key drivers of deforestation and promote sustainable forest resource management and sustainable economic development

Identify key activities leading to the reduction of emissions that can be replicated across the nine districts covered by the Zambezia Integrated Landscape Management Program (ZILMP), thus contributing to Mozambique's national REDD + strategy


12 communities
1200 producers receiving technical support in conservation agriculture
5000 producers receiving the Nkalo Market Information System
165 charcoal producers

Gilé National Reserve Conservation agriculture Cashew Improved carbonization Non-Timber Forest Products


Strengthening the law and protecting biodiversity Strengthen the control capabilities of guards in the RNG to reduce illegal activities, such as cutting precious woods, gold panning or poaching

Conservation agriculture
Promote agro-ecological practices to enable the 900 targeted farmers to diversify and increase their agricultural production, to fight against the impoverishment of soil fertility and to limit slash-and-burn (first factor of deforestation in the area)

Development of agricultural value chains
In addition to the sesame and peanut sectors, Mozbio concentrates part of its efforts on the cashew nut sector through the training of 5,000 producers: awareness of market quality criteria, agronomic technical advice and dissemination of market information by SMS and by local community radio

Bio-energy production
Increase the supply of wood-energy (2nd factor of deforestation) by training 165 charcoal producers in improved carbonization techniques and by planting 10 hectares of fast-growing tree plantations

Sustainable forest management
Promote the restoration of degraded forests and the sustainable management of forest resources by the beneficiary communities of the project: Assisted Natural Regeneration (RNA) on 200 hectares, improved management of fallow lands on 300 hectares, creation of 10 nurseries of indigenous species of Miombo forests

Sustainable management of non-timber forest products
Develop with NWFP local communities management plans for NWFPs (mushrooms, snails, etc.) dedicated to the buffer zone of the RNG

Related people

Country representative

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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Project Manager

Corentin Mercier

Graduated from the Ecole Normale Supérieure in ecology and environmental & natural resources economics. He is also a water & forest engineer. He is an expert in counselling-support to administrations in the climate change negotiations, public forest policies and REDD+ project management.

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Project Officer

François Griffon

Holder of a Master's degree in "Sustainable Farming and Agri-food Systems in the South", specialised in "Markets, Organization, Quality and Services" from Montpellier SupAgro - Institut des Régions Chaudes (IRC), he brings his expertise in sector and value chain analysis, market studies, quality management and farmers' organisations services and support

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Project officer

Etienne Perrier

Having graduated from the Engineering School INSA of Lyon as an Engineer in Energy & Environment, option "Thermal systems engineering", Section "Top-level sport", he brings his expertise in renewable thermal systems implementation and analysis, in the food processing industry (shea and cashew), waste recycling and training of local experts

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