UNDP funds management of protected areas in Mozambique

15 October 2009

Maputo, Mozambique, 15 Oct – The Mozambican government has launched in Maputo the preparatory phase of a project to invest US$16.3 million to increase overall efficiency and sustainability of protected areas in Mozambique, via partnerships between the public and private sectors and other interested parties.

Designed by the Tourism Ministry, with the technical support of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the project has secured at least US$4.9 million from the Global Environment Facility (GEF), a worldwide network that involves partners from 178 countries committed to developing initiatives in areas such as biodiversity, climate change, international waters, soil degradation, the ozone layer and organic pollutants.

The remaining US$11.4 million needed to fund the projects activities will come from other partners.

Fabiana Issler, technical advisor for UNDP/GEF said that the project included three fundamental components, namely sustainability of the protected areas system, definition of joint management models and planning of businesses and revenue generation.

Accoridng to Issler, the Mozambican economy is heaviliy dependent on biodiversity, which has been threatened by problems related to out-of-control exploration of forest, fishing adn animal resources. This scenario is not helped by a limited capacity to manage the protected areas along with a poor knowledge of their true economic potential.

The national director for Conservation Areas at the Tourism Ministry, Francisco Pariela said that in Mozambique those areas covered 16 percent of the country and 4 percent of the continental shelf. (macauhub)