The Decree no. 54/2015, of 31 December, which approves the Regulation on the Environmental Assessment Process, introduced the obligation to adequately implement the mitigation hierarchy in Mozambique. Nevertheless, some gaps were identified and the Ministry of Land and Environment (MTA) represented by the National Directorate of Environment (DINAB), in collaboration with the COMBO Program, BIOFUND and BIOFIN developed a proposal for a Regulation of Biodiversity Offsets in Mozambique.
Ministry of Land and Environment (MTA) – has the mandate to coordinate environmental management and conservation, the sustainable use of natural resources and the management of conservation areas in Mozambique. WCS signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with MTA in 2017 to promote the objectives of the COMBO Project through effective coordination between the institutions aimed at expanding the application of the mitigation hierarchy at the national level.
Foundation for Biodiversity Conservation (BIOFUND) – a not-for-profit conservation trust fund organized and existing under the laws of Mozambique and member of the CAFÉ Network. The partnership between WCS through COMBO Project and BIOFUND is to establish a framework for collaboration between both institutions to implement the COMBO Project in Mozambique. Therefore, WCS and BIOFUND are involved in moving the offset agenda forward in the country and in Africa.
The project has engaged with many other Government institutions including the Ministry of Mineral Resources and Energy (MIREME) and the Ministry of Sea, Inland Waters and Fisheries (MIMAIP); other trust funds like ProAzul and FNDS; NGOs like WWF-Mozambique and IUCN; Academia like the University Eduardo Mondlane and UniLúrio; private sector such as the Mozambican Association for Impact Assessment (AMAIA), the Confederation of Economic Associations (CTA), Portucel, ENI, TOTAL, SASOL, SHELL, KENMARE, etc
The COMBO Project in Mozambique aims to support the Government in effective implementation of the mitigation hierarchy, in particular the new biodiversity offsets regulation, creating the technical tools to support this and building required capacity among all relevant stakeholders.
Some of the main activities being implemented by WCS and BIOFUND, the partners leading COMBO Program in Mozambique, include:
Our work in recent years has been successful with some important results across areas such as policy, data availability and in capacity development
Capacity building and outreach
Official launch of the Key Biodiversity Areas (KBAs) in Mozambique
WCS signs memorandum of understanding with the Sea, Inland Waters and Fisheries Ministry (MIMAIP