RIBAUE SKY ISLAND - Promote the sustainable management of Monts Ribaue and M'paluwe by involving local communities

January 2020
December 2021
Project cost
20 000 USD
Role in the project




Agriculture Biodiversity Climate Forest Remote sensing


Main goals

The Ribaue massif is composed of Mount Ribaue and Mount M'paluwe. It is located in the north of Mozambique, near the town of Ribaue in the province of Nampula. The mountains rise in a relatively flat landscape from 500 to 600 m in altitude up to 1675 m for Mount M'paluwe. They are part of a belt of granitic rocky outcrops, inselbergs and mountains, which cross the Nampula and Zambezia provinces from north-east to north-west and include Mt Inago (1804m), Mt Namuli (2419m) and Mt Mabu (1700m). The Ribaue Massif is home to endemic and endangered species. It is covered by a mosaic of mid-altitude rainforest, Miombo forests and cultivated areas. However, the expansion of subsistence agriculture on the slopes of the Ribaue Massif is a major threat to biodiversity and forest habitats. Since 2019, Nitidæ, with the support of the NGO Legado, has been studying the agrarian and landscape dynamics of the Ribaue Massif, in order to promote the sustainable management of the Ribaue and M'paluwe Mountains by involving local communities. Nitidæ is also working for the preservation of Mount Namuli Biodiversity in Zambezie province in Mozambique.

Specific objectives

SO1. Promote economic and sustainable development less dependent on deforestation
SO2. Promote better community management of natural resources
SO3. Identify vulnerable sites, conserve ecosystem services and limit pressures on biodiversity


Surrounding communities of the Ribaue and M'paluwe Mountains


R1. Existing deforestation productions are identified and support measures are proposed
R2. Priority conservation and restoration sites are defined and a monitoring system is set up to trace and monitor deforestation


A1. Typology and socio-economic studies to identify agricultural support measures to reduce deforestation
A2. Elaboration of a land use baseline (mapping of land use in 2019)
A3. Study of historical deforestation and implementation of a forest cover monitoring system
A4. Study of pressure factors on biodiversity (NTFPs, hunting, charcoal, deforestation, fires, etc.) and implementation of a monitoring system for these pressures

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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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

Project Manager

Clovis Grinand

PhD in Functional Ecology and Agronomic Sciences (SupAgro, IRD and CIRAD) and specialized in Localized Information Systems for Spatial Planning (AgroParisTech), he is an expert in land use change monitoring using remote sensing, digital soil mapping and spatial modeling applied to forestry, agronomy and landscape ecology. He is the author of numerous international scientific publications.

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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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