The COMBO Program in Mozambique aims to support the Government of Mozambique in effective implementation of the mitigation hierarchy, in particular the new biodiversity offsets regulation, development of technical tools and build capacity among all relevant stakeholders.
Some of the main activities being implemented by WCS and BIOFUND, the partners leading COMBO Program in Mozambique, include:
The 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 program through effective coordination between the institutions aimed at expanding the application of the mitigation hierarchy at the national level. The MoU was renewed in 2021, expanding the scope to other areas of collaboration such as the identification of Key Biodiversity Areas and support to spatial biodiversity assessments and planning.
The Foundation for Biodiversity Conservation (BIOFUND) is a non-profit conservation trust fund registered under the laws of Mozambique and member of the CAFÉ Network. BIOFUND is a global partner of the COMBO Program. WCS and BIOFUND are involved in moving the mitigation hierarchy agenda forward in the country and in Africa. Since 2017 BIOFUND has mobilized more than 1.5 million USD for the implementation of the concept in Mozambique.
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 the National Fund for Sustainable Development (FNDS); NGOs such as WWF-Mozambique and the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN); Academia like the University Eduardo Mondlane (UEM) and the University of Lúrio (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.
Our work in recent years has been successful with some important results across areas such as policy, technical information and capacity development.
Capacity building and outreach
Here is a selection of our products, covering both technical and policy areas of work:
Please find below news articles and information on some recent events and studies in which we are engaged.
COMBO Project Manager - Mozambique
Wildlife Conservation Society, Rua Orlando Mendes, n. 163,
Sommerschield, Maputo, Mozambique
Tel: +258 21 49 6965
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