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

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




Agriculture Organic Agriculture Agroecology Bioenergy Biodiversity Climate Forest Market REDD+


Peanut Cashew Corn Cassava Honey NTFPs Sesame


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 documents

Scientific publication
Agriculture, Agroecology, Biodiversity, Degradation-Restoration, Forest

Regeneration capacities of woody species biodiversity and soil properties in Miombo woodland after slash-and-burn agriculture in Mozambique

Frédérique Montfort, Marie Nourtier, Clovis Grinand, Solène Maneau, Corentin Mercier, Jean-Baptiste Roelens, Lilian Blanc
Project report
Agriculture, Organic Agriculture, Agroecology, Bioenergy, Biodiversity, Climate, Forest, Market, REDD+

Mozbio - Eighth Progress Report (January/April 2019)

Jean-Baptiste Roelens, équipe projet
Project report
Agriculture, Organic Agriculture, Agroecology, Forest, REDD+

Mozbio - Sixth monitoring report

Jean-Baptiste Roelens, Alexandre Trégoures
Technical document
Bioenergy, Forest, REDD+, Remote sensing

Thesis - "La structuration des filières d’approvisionnement en bois énergie dans la province du Zambèze (Mozambique)"

Alexandre Trégourès
Project report
Climate, Forest, REDD+

Project Document Design (PDD) according to the VCS standard of the REDD project of the Gilé National Reserve

Marie Nourtier, Corentin Mercier
Project report
Biodiversity, Climate, Forest, REDD+

Project Document Design (PDD) according to the CCBA (Climate, Community and Biodiversity Alliance) standard of the REDD project of the Gil…

Marie Nourtier, Vicky Viguet, Corentin Mercier, Alexandre Tregoures
Project report
Agroecology, Biodiversity, Climate, Forest, REDD+, Remote sensing

Final Evaluation Report - Reducing deforestation and degradation in the Miombo forests of the National Reserve of Gilé and its periphery

Sean Nazerali, Mathieu Souquet
Market, ICT

2018 cashew season outcomes and 2019 outlooks

Pierre Ricau
Agriculture, Organic Agriculture

Our expertise and know-how for the development of Organic Agriculture in Africa

Julien Gonnet, Cédric Rabany, Noémie Rullier

Related people

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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Project manager / 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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Agronomist & Research Assistant / Agriculture & Market / Mozambique

Dinis Francisco Augusto

Holder of a Technical University Diploma in agriculture, he joined the team in January 2017 as an agricultural technician for the Mozbio project in the community of Musseia, Pebane district. In January 2019, he worked as an agricultural technician in the ACAMOZ project in the community of Naburi (Pebane). And since January 2024, thanks to his expertise, he has become an agronomist and research assistant on the ACAMOZ 2 project, around the Gilé National Park.

Technician / Agriculture & Market / Mozambique

Manuel Polana Lopes

Holder of a Technical University Diploma in agriculture, he joined the team in December 2016 as an agricultural technician for the MOZBIO then ACAMOZ project in the community of Mulela (Pebane). Since January 2024, he is still working as an agricultural technician on the ACAMOZ 2 project.

Technician / Agriculture & Market / Mozambique

Garrido da Silva Sulvai

Holder of a Technical University Diploma in agriculture, Garrido joined the team in October 2017 as an agricultural technician for the MOZBIO and ACAMOZ project in the community of Namurrua (Gilé). Since January 2024, he is still working as an agricultural technician in another region (Etaga, Pebane) on the ACAMOZ 2 project.

Project Officer / France

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 manager / Bioenergy & Waste / France

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

Driver / Mozambique

Bonifacio Armando Sousa

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

Project manager / Agriculture & market / Mozambique

Margaux Béringuier

Agricultural Engineer graduated from the “Institut des Régions Chaudes” from Montpellier Supagro School, specialized in the management of agricultural resources and rural development in the South, Margaux joined the Nitidæ Mozambique team in January 2019, bringing her field expertise to the diagnosis of agricultural dynamics and to the definition and implementation of support measures for producers in our Nitidæ intervention zones in Mozambique. Today, she manages the NAMULI project and the second component of the ACAMOZ II project in the macadamia sector