Published at 19/11/2021

1st winner of the Bio card campaign visits the Maputo Special Reserve

In the Bio card incentive campaign, the Foundation for the Conservation of Biodiversity (BIOFUND), in partnership with the Commercial and Investment Bank (BCI), offered a guided visit to the Maputo Special Reserve to the client who made most transactions with the Bio card.

This is the first visit offered under the campaign, the objective of which is to provide a unique experience with nature to the users of the Bio card. The winning couple, who are from Nampula province, had never had the opportunity to see such a variety of animals before, and they thought the experience was very good.

“We are very happy to be here because of the prize we won, and mainly because through the card we are contributing to the conservation of biodiversity. We have seen animals that we only used to see on television, such as an elephant. We were some 15 or 10 metres from the elephant, and it’s marvellous”, added António Lopes.

The Bio card is the first biodegradable bank card in Mozambique. It was created in 2017, as the result of a partnership between the BCI and BIOFUND. As part of its social responsibility, the BCI channels to BIOFUND a percentage (0.04%) of all the sums transactioned with the card, without additional costs to its users, as well as part of the annual card fee.

There are now more than 23,850 users of the Bio card, and thanks to the funds generated by this card,  BIOFUND has already supported the protection of rhinoceros in the Sábiè Game Park and the protection and conservation of a very rare species of a giant palm tree, Raphia australis.  It is an endangered species and it is located in the Bobole Botanical Reserve.