BIOFUND and COMBO Project promote an exchange of experiences workshop for Environmental Funds of Madagascar, Mozambique and Uganda on biodiversity offsets

BIOFUND in partnership with the COMBO Project held between 18 and 20 February 2019 in Maputo City, Mozambique an experience exchange workshop for Environmental Funds of Madagascar, Uganda and Mozambique members of the consortium of African environmental funds (CAFÉ) on biodiversity offsets as a mechanism to harmonize economic development and biodiversity conservation in Africa.

Biodiversity offsets are conservation measures to compensate negative environmental impacts that may result from development projects such as large-scale agricultural and extractive industry projects.

About 20 participants attended the event, including representatives of the environmental funds, public institutions in the conservation sector of Mozambique and Madagascar, representatives of civil society, multilateral agencies and the media.

This event featured a number of working sessions and networking opportunities to share the experiences of each country regarding the implementation of biodiversity offsets as a financial mechanism to support biodiversity conservation. A field trip to Maputo Special Reserve complemented the event, giving participants the opportunity to witness the rich terrestrial and marine biodiversity of one of the most important conservation areas in Mozambique, and hear from its Administrator, Mr. Miguel Gonçalves about the conservation and protection actions that have been carried out in partnership with the Peace Parks Foundation (PPF) among other actors including BIOFUND, as well as the challenges that urban development represents for this region.

This meeting culminated with the agreement for the creation of a dedicated biodiversity offsets working group within the African Funds Network (CAFE). Thus, creating a communication platform for sharing knowledge and experiences among countries with the support of partners such as WCS through the COMBO Project.

This collaborative mechanism will enable Africa to unite efforts, harmonize procedures and document its path towards harmonization of economic development and biodiversity conservation.

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