Mozambique: World Wildlife Fund invests in seven provinces

20 November 2008

Maputo, Mozambique, 20 Nov – The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) annually invests US$5 million in Mozambique to fund projects across seven of the country’s 11 provinces, said the WWF’s national coordinator for Mozambique.

On the sidelines of a ceremony to set up a community concession for natural resources, in Chiquenhene, Macossa, with the aim of setting up conditions to transform members of the community into forestry managers, Helena Motta said that for 2007/2008 WWf had already paid out over US$5 million, without giving figures for each province.

For Manica province WWF has recently provided US$175,000 to reestablish the community concession in Chiguenhene region, which is the first project of its kind in Mozambique.

Each year WWF plans to inject funds of US$175,000 in the Chiquenhene project, for three years, when the project is expected to be self-sufficient and fully established.

The Community of Chiquenhene, which has 4,000 inhabitants and is located in the Zembe area in Macossa, has the right to use and work the land (DUAT) across na area of 67,000 square kilometres.

It has diverse and valuable forest species, including umbila, chanfuta, pangapanga, sandalwood and ebony. The project is due to last 10 years and if the experience is a positive one, it will be expanded to other regions of the province and country, as part of the preservation of natural resources and biodiversity. (macauhub)