NAMULI SKY ISLAND - Creation of a new protected area around Mount Namuli

August 2018
December 2022
Project cost
700 000 USD
Role in the project




Agriculture Agroecology Spatial Planning Biodiversity Climate Degradation-Restoration Forest Market REDD+ Remote sensing


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Main goals

Mount Namuli, Mozambique's second highest peak, at 2,419 meters, is part of the superb chain of inselbergs in the north of the country. Its slopes covered with a mosaic of forests, meadows and farmland are incredibly diverse but threatened by the expansion of potato cultivation. The main objective of this initiative is to establish an official classification in the community protected area of Mount Namuli. By working with communities living around the mountain and developing with them a long-term natural resource management strategy, the project aims to put an end to deforestation in high altitude forests, to guarantee the resilience of the biodiversity of Mount Namuli and increase the standard of living of the populations.

Specific objectives

SO1. Promote economic and sustainable development of Afro Mountain areas less dependent on deforestation
SO2. Reinforce land security and promote better community management of natural resources
SO3. A landscape management strategy is developed to prioritize site interventions, identify vulnerable sites, preserve ecosystem services and prevent the spread of fires at altitude
SO4. Creation of a new community protected area around Mont Namuli with a conservation agreement to limit deforestation


  • Heart area 5600 ha to be preserved
  • 8 to 12,000 people live in the surrounding communities of Mont Namuli


R1. Existing deforesting productions are identified and support measures are proposed
R2. Family farms have diversified their sources of income while reducing their pressure on deforestation
R3. 10 communities and 4,000 households have their legally recognized land rights
R4. Communities have a functional committee to manage their land and access to natural resources
R5. Priority conservation and restoration sites are defined, a land and resource use plan is put in place and a monitoring system makes it possible to trace and monitor deforestation
R6. A conservation agreement, including a moratorium on deforestation in the highlands, is implemented, which results in the creation of a new community protected area


A1. Typology and socio-economic studies allowing the identification of agricultural support measures to reduce deforestation
A2. Agricultural support to communities and implementation of support measures and agroecological practices
A3. Creation of an integrated beekeeping sector in the highlands
A4. Delimitation, mapping and official land recognition of 10 communities and land of 4,000 households
A5. Creation and capacity building of local associations in charge of land tenure and natural resources; development of the land and resource use plan for each community
A6. Mapping analysis for the identification of conservation / restoration areas and monitoring of forest cover
A7. Forest monitoring and pressure dynamics on ecosystems (fires, biodiversity)
A8. Supporting communities in the conservation and restoration of ecosystems: setting up a network of firewalls, restoration and reforestation areas and support from local nurseries
A9. Negotiation and implementation of a conservation agreement and compensatory measures
A10. Instruction and recognition of the community protected area with the National Agency for Protected Areas

Related documents

Technical document
Agriculture, Agroecology, Spatial Planning, Biodiversity, Climate, Degradation-Restoration, Forest, Market, REDD+

Our intervention strategies support to reduce Mount Namuli farmers’ dependence on natural resource (highland forest)

Margaux Béringuier
Agriculture, Agroecology, Spatial Planning, Biodiversity, Climate, Forest, REDD+, Remote sensing

Mount Namuli - Community conservation area in the Republic of Mozambique

Lupa, Legado, Nitidæ
Technical document
Agriculture, Agroecology, Spatial Planning, Biodiversity, Climate, Forest, REDD+, Remote sensing

Landscape Dynamics Assessment of Mount Namuli Region

Frédérique Montfort, Clovis Grinand
Project report
Agroecology, Biodiversity, Climate, Forest, Market, REDD+, Remote sensing

Namuli Initiative Progress Report January 2020 on creation of a new protected area in Mozambique

Equipe projet
Project report
Agroecology, Biodiversity, Climate, Forest, Market, REDD+, Remote sensing

Namuli Initiative Progress Report January 2020 on creation of a new protected area in Mozambique

Equipe projet
Technical document
Spatial Planning, Degradation-Restoration, Forest, Remote sensing

Land Use and Land Cover Map of Mount Namuli and surroundings

Frédérique Montfort
Technical document
Agriculture, Agroecology, Biodiversity, Climate, Forest, Remote sensing

Diagnosis of agrarian dynamics on the Eastern slope of Mount Namuli & Analysis of agricultural practices into deforestation dynamics and d…

Margaux Béringuier, Noémie Rullier, Jean-Baptiste Roelens, Cédric Rabany

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Margaux Béringuier

An Agricultural Engineer graduate from the Institut des Régions Chaudes de Montpellier Supagro, specializing in the management of agricultural resources and rural development in the South, she joined the Mozambique team in January 2019, bringing her field expertise for the diagnosis of agricultural dynamics, the definition and implementation of support measures with producers in our areas of intervention in Mozambique. She is now Assistant Project Manager for Namuli SKY ISLAND in Gurué (Zambézia, Mozambique)

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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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Fáusia Higino José

Graduated from the Professional Institute of Agronomy and Livestock in Gurué, Zambezia, Mozambique, she has agricultural experience in the use of inorganic inputs, setting up demonstration plots of results, agro-ecology and market gardening. Since October 2020 she has been working as an agricultural technician for the Namuli Sky Island project

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Quinito Jerónimo

He graduated from the Professional Institute of Agronomy and Livestock in Gurué, Zambezia, Mozambique. At the start of his professional career, he worked for the Agronomic Extension Service of Gurué, for the Agrivalor company, for the Inovagro program (Inovação Agronómica), for the UMOJA program and then for the Codosa. He joined the team in October 2020 and has since contributed to the community land delineation project on the Namuli Mountains. He has also been passionate about theater for over 20 years and has even participated in the Mozambique National Culture Festival. The combination of his knowledge, whether in terms of extension, land demarcation or art of expression is a real added value for the Namuli Sky Island project team

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Jonito Joaquim Talca

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