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

Start
June 2016
End
November 2019
Project cost
1 660 000 USD
Role in the project
Coordination
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Countries

Mozambique

Fields

Agriculture Organic Agriculture Bioenergy Biodiversity Climate Forest Market REDD+

Sectors

Peanut Cashew Corn Cassava Honey NTFPs Sesame

Partners

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

Beneficiaries

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

Activities

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

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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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Assistant Manager ACAMOZ / Agriculture & Market / Mozambique

Charline de Rouvroy

Holder of a Master degree in agricultural management and territories (IAM Montpellier) and agricultural engineer, Charline joined Nitidæ team in May 2018. She brings her expertise in project management, agriculture in southern countries…

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Technician / Agriculture & Market / Mozambique

Dinis Francisco Augusto

Holder of a Technical University Diploma in Agriculture, Dinis joined the team in January 2017 as agricultural technician of the Mozbio project in the community of Musseia, Pebane district. Since January 2019, he has been working as an agricultural technician in the ACAMOZ project in the community of Naburi (Pebane)

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Technician / Agriculture & Market / Mozambique

Manuel Polana Lopes

Holder of a Technical University Diploma in Agriculture, Manuel joined the team in December 2016 as agricultural technician of the Mozbio project in the community of Mulela, Pebane district. Since January 2019, he works as an agricultural technician in the ACAMOZ project in the same community

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Technician / Agriculture & Market / Mozambique

Nárcio Três Ronda

Holder of a Technical University Diploma in Agriculture, Narcio joined the team in October 2017 as an agricultural technician of the Mozbio project in the community of Mucau, district of Gilé. Since January 2019, he works as an agricultural technician in the ACAMOZ project in the community of Moneia (Gilé)

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Technical Assistant for Honey Value Chain / Mozambique

Juliano Möller Rodrigues

Graduated in Social Sciences from the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, experience with field research, sustainable beekeeping, honey production and value chain development. Promoting beekeeping as a mechanism of biodiversity conservation and community livelihoods improvement in south of Brasil and North of Mozambique

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Technician / Agriculture & Market / Mozambique

Cláudio Joaquim Martinho

Holder of a Technical University Diploma in Agriculture, Claudio joined the team in October 2017 as agricultural technician of the Mozbio project in the community of Sacane, Pebane district. Since January 2019, he has been working as an agricultural technician in the ACAMOZ project in the community of Mihécué, district of Gilé.

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Technician / Agriculture & Market / Mozambique

Garrido da Silva Sulvai

Holder of a Technical University Diploma in Agriculture, Garrido joined the team in October 2017 as agricultural technician of the Mozbio project in Namurrua community, Gilé district. Since January 2019, he worked as an agricultural technician in the ACAMOZ project in the community of Nanhope (Gile)

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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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Driver / Mozambique

Joao Raul Intata

Joao joined the team in October 2014 as driver of the REDD + pilot project then Mozbio, then ACAMOZ in Gilé

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Driver / Mozambique

Bonifacio Armando Sousa

Bonifacio joined the team in January 2017 as Driver of the Mozbio project and then ACAMOZ in Gilé

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Agronomic Technical Assistant / Mozambique

Margaux Béringuier

Graduated as an agricultural engineer from the Montpellier Supagro Institute of Hot Regions, specialized in agricultural resource management and rural development in the South, she joined the Mozambique team in January 2019. It brings its field expertise to diagnose the agrarian dynamics of the intervention regions, help define and implement the accompanying measures of our projects in Mozambique