Published at 26/11/2019

BIOFUND promotes an Environmental Management Training Program in Nampula Province

BIOFUND, in partnership with the Mozambican Association for Environmental Impact Assessment (AMAIA) and the Government of Mozambique, represented by the Provincial Directorate for Land, Environment and Rural Development of Nampula (DPTADER), held between 28 October and 1 November 2019 the Training in Ecological Impact Assessment, Environmental Management Plans and Monitoring, for around 32 technicians from various Government institutions at Nampula province level, civil society organizations and the private sector involved in the environmental impact assessment process.

The main objective of this training was to train the various technicians in key aspects of environmental impact assessment on ecology and biodiversity component level, management plans and environmental monitoring in development projects. The training will allow them to improve their ability to apply national legislation and international best practice of the mitigation hierarchy according to the Environmental Impact Assessment Regulation (54/2015).

This training program was composed by the Training Module 1. Ecological Impact Assessment and Mitigation Hierarchy developed by BIOFUND and partners in 2017 and provided by AMAIA environmental impact assessment specialists.

The trainers highlighted the key aspects of the legal framework for ecological impact assessment, the process of categorization of development projects, application of the mitigation hierarchy and guidelines for creation of standardized environmental permits following international best practices.

Using an interactive training model, during the training the various direct, indirect and cumulative impact assessment procedures and mitigation measures were discussed in working groups using as an example the various development projects underway in the country.

This capacity building activity was funded by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) through the BIOSFAC Project under the BIOFUND Biodiversity Offset Program and is part of the Foundation’s efforts to promote measures aimed at harmonizing economic development. and the conservation of biodiversity in Mozambique.