Mozambican community association to develop eco-tourism project

17 December 2010

Maputo, Mozambique, 17 Dc – A community association from Mozambique has signed an agreement with the country’s Tourism Ministry to develop an eco-tourism project, the government of Mozambique and the World Bank said in Maputo.

The Hi Zameni Chemucane Association, which represents around 8590 people from three local communities – Muvukuza, Tsolombane and Mabuluko – signed a c50-year concession to build and operate and eco-tourism pavilion in the Maputo Special Reserve, a conservation area renowned for its rich biodiversity, beaches and beautiful landscapes.

The pavilion, which will be built via a public-private-community partnership, is estimated to cost US$3 million, will create around 50 direct jobs and lead to other tangible benefits for the local communities.

The Investment Climate Advisory Service of the World Bank have supported Mozambique in the sustainable development of the tourism industry via the Tourism Investment anchor Programme, a joint initiative of the government, represented by the Tourism Ministry, and the IFC, an arm of the World Bank.

The Anchor Programme is funded by the governments of Denmark, Japan and the Netherlands, the African Development Bank, the Financial Investment Advisory Service (FIAS) of the IFC and the National Tourism Institute (Inatur). (macauhub)