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 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 people

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

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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Monitoring and Planification Assistant / Agriculture & Markets / Mozambique

Reis Domingos

Graduated in Forest Engineering from the Universidade Zambeze, Reis brings his expertise in conservation agriculture, degraded lands restoration, sustainable fire management, land and forest law and areas of conservation. He is working as technical assistant for Community Land Delimitation for the Mount Namuli Project in Mozambique

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

Project Manager

Noémie Rullier

Holder of an Engineering diploma in Agronomy, specializing in Sustainable agricultural & Agri-Food systems for the South, from Montpellier SupAgro- Institut des Régions Chaudes (IRC), she brings her expertise to support technical changes and development processes in rural area; to support farm advisory, training engineering and plant biology research

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Project manager Legado Namuli / Agriculture and Market / Mozambique

Aurélien Bisson

Master of Science in Agriculture and agroecology from ISA Lille school, specialized in tropical agriculture, agro industrial culture and transformation and sourcing of natural products. I have 7 years experience in the private sector and the relation with small producers: cash and export production, fruits, aromatic and perfume sector, spices and raw vegetal products.

Agricultural technician / Agriculture & Market / Mozambique

Filimonio Felizardo Jonasse

Technician graduated from the Middle Institute of Agriculture and Livestock in Gurué (Zambezia), Filimonio has solid field experience for the deployment of agricultural support activities (experimental devices in peasant environment and agroecology in particular) and awareness raising on the link between agriculture and natural resources with rural communities. He is currently working on the implementation of a community land demarcation project with the people of Mount Namuli. His knowledge of the region (of which he is a native), the local language and customs are invaluable assets for the project team.

Agricultural technician / Agriculture & Market / Mozambique

Dias Antovano

He is graduated in agronomy (plant health specialty) from the Polytechnic Institute of Agronomy "Angel Galanena" in Cuba since 1988. Before working on the link between agriculture and environmental conservation, he gained experience in the tea sector (production and processing), horticulture and cereals (field trials) in particular in Mozambique and abroad. Today, he is helping to implement a project to delimit community lands on Mount Namuli, for which his knowledge of the local language and the terrain are invaluable assets.

Project officer / Forest & REDD + / France

Frédérique Montfort

Currently working on her PhD thesis, she has a Master II in "Plant biodiversity and tropical ecosystem management (BioGET)" from the University of Montpellier and AgroPariTech. She brings her expertise in biodiversity and forest landscape degradation/restoration

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Project Manager / Forest & REDD + / France

Marie Nourtier

PhD in Forest sciences conducted at INRA Avignon, EMMAH research lab, she brings her expertise in forest ecology, support for REDD+ mechanism and carbon accounting, Environmental and social impact assessment of projects, project management and supervision of technical work

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Agricultural technician / Agriculture & Market / Mozambique

Ricardina Maria Osório Vieira

Graduated agricultural technician from the Mozambican Ribaué Institute of Agriculture and Livestock in 2009, she has experience in agroecology on market gardening. She also worked extensively on gender in agriculture, in collaboration with women's and girls' associations. Today she works for the Legado Namuli project, supporting our agricultural research and support activities as well as the sustainable development of local communities

Agricultural technician / Agriculture & Market / Mozambique

Gálio Felizardo Zecas

Graduated agricultural technician from the Mozambican Gurué Institute of Agriculture and Livestock in 2009, he has always worked at the interface between agroecology and conservation of natural resources. Trained in beekeeping for a year, he is now in charge of the beekeeping part of the Legado Namuli project. It supports 20 novice beekeepers daily to raise bees and produce their honey, as an alternative and sustainable source of income.

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.