The mid-term evaluation meeting of the COMBO+ programme ("Conservation, Mitigation and Biodiversity Offsets") was held in Macaneta, Mozambique, from 7 to 11 November, ending with a field trip to Maputo National Park.
The Biodiversity Conservation Foundation (BIOFUND) and AGROTUR, Lda recently celebrated a strategic five-year partnership with the aim of strengthening the protection of Chimanimani National Park (CNP). This alliance between the private sector and conservation organizations marks a significant advancement in the preservation of Mozambican biodiversity.
The National Directorate for the Environment (DINAB) and its partners in the COMBO+ Program, the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and the Foundation for the Conservation of Biodiversity (BIOFUND), held the first meeting to establish the Technical-Scientific Unit to Support Biodiversity Offsets yesterday, 5 October 2023, in Maputo City, attended by 19 participants from different sectors.
A Direcção Nacional do Ambiente (DINAB) em parceria com o Programa COMBO+ [liderado pela Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) em coordenação com a Fundação para a Conservação da Biodiversidade (BIOFUND)], no âmbito da iniciativa de Gestão Integrada dos Recursos Marinhos e Costeiros do Norte do Canal de Moçambique (NoCaMo), e a Fauna & Flora (FF)
Matutuine, September 8, 2023 — A group of 26 Bachelor's degree students of Forestry Engineering program at Eduardo Mondlane University (UEM) participated in a study visit to Maputo National Park (PNAM). The visit aimed to equip the students with theoretical and practical knowledge about ongoing ecological restoration activities at PNAM.
The 13th General Assembly of the Consortium of African Environmental Funds (CAFÉ) took place in Arusha, Tanzania, from August 28th to September 1st. The event, organized by the Tanzania Forest Fund (TaFF) and the Endowment Fund for Conservation of the Eastern Arc Mountains (EAMCEF), brought together various global stakeholders with the aim of enhancing capacities and sharing innovative experiences in funding mechanisms for biodiversity conservation.
On July 27th and 28th, the 1st edition of the Marine Biodiversity Conference took place at the Maritime Museum in Maputo. The event was led by the Biodiversity Conservation Foundation (BIOFUND) in collaboration with the Ministry of the Sea, Inland Waters, and Fisheries (MIMAIP), the Maritime Museum, the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), the Peace Parks Foundation (PPF), the Italian Cooperation (AICS), with financial support from the Blue Action Fund, Government of Sweden, World Bank/Mozbio 2 Project, and the Italian Agency for Development Cooperation (AICS).
The COMBO+ Programme, led by the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) in partnership with the Foundation for Biodiversity Conservation (BIOFUND) and the National Directorate for Environment (DINAB), held between 29 and 30 June 2023 in Maputo City, the training of technicians of the Ministry of Land and Environment (MTA) on the Monitoring and Post-Evaluation Plans in the context of Environmental Management and Biodiversity Offset Management Plans (BOMP) (Module 5), which was attended by 28 participants.
The 7th International Congress on Environmental Education of Portuguese-Speaking Countries and Communities (CPLP) kicked off today, July 4, 2023, at the Joaquim Chissano Conference Center in Maputo, Mozambique. This gathering holds significant importance in the realm of environmental conservation and sustainability, standing as a milestone in efforts to preserve biodiversity and promote a more sustainable future. The event will run until Friday, July 7.
As part of the World Oceans Day celebrations, the Biodiversity Conservation Foundation (BIOFUND) and the Ministry of the Sea, Inland Waters, and Fisheries (MIMAIP) signed a partnership by endorsing a Memorandum of Understanding at the event held on Thursday, June 8, 2023, at the Maritime Museum.
Num evento realizado na sede do BCI, em Maputo, a Fundação para a Conservação da Biodiversidade (BIOFUND) em colaboração com o Banco Comercial de Investimentos (BCI) e outros parceiros, comemorou o encerramento do mês da Biodiversidade.
Na manhã de quinta-feira, 04 de Maio 2023, a Escola Secundária de Sussundenga acolheu uma iniciativa promovida pela BIOFUND, através do Programa de Liderança para Conservação de Moçambique (PLCM) em parceria com o Parque Nacional de Chimanimani e Associação Gonazololo. O evento visou consciencializar os alunos sobre a importância da preservação do meio ambiente através da adopção de práticas sustentáveis, como a reciclagem e a recolha selectiva de resíduos sólidos.
The National Directorate of Environment (DINAB) in partnership with the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and the Foundation for Biodiversity Conservation (BIOFUND), through the COMBO+ Program, held between February 27 and 28, 2023 in Maputo city, a training to the platforms of civil society organizations (CSOs) on the application of the regulation of the Environmental Impact Assessment Process (Decree No. 54/2015 of December 31) and the Directive on Biodiversity Offsets in Mozambique (Ministerial Diploma No. 55/2022 of May 19).
We are really excited to announce the realization of the XI Members Assembly Meeting of the Foundation for the Conservation of Biodiversity - BIOFUND, which took place in Maputo City on February 9, 2023. This session was attended by 28 people, including representatives of government, non-governmental and academic organizations related to the conservation sector.
"The young leader Baptista Julião Bisquete, 27 years old, born in Morrumbala, Zambezia, has a degree in Communication Sciences with skills in Journalism. Baptista is one of the beneficiaries of the 3rd edition of pre-professional internships of the Leadership Program for the Conservation of Mozambique (PLCM), implemented by the Foundation for the Conservation of Biodiversity (BIOFUND) in coordination with the National Administration of Conservation Areas (ANAC).
Café de Manica is collaborating to protect Mozambique's biodiversity. In January 2023, the company sent 2% of its annual revenue from the sale of coffee in 2022 to the Foundation for the Conservation of Biodiversity (BIOFUND), with a view to strengthening its support for the conservation of biodiversity in the Chimanimani National Park.
The National Directorate for the Environment (DINAB) in collaboration with the COMBO+ Program led by the Wildlife Conservation Society ( WCS ) in partnership with the Foundation for Biodiversity Conservation ( BIOFUND ), carried out between the 14th and 15th of December an intensive training for government technicians on Ministerial Diploma No. 55/2022,
The Foundation for the Conservation of Biodiversity (BIOFUND) has been participating in the United Nations Conference on Biodiversity (COP15) since December 7th, in Montreal, Canada. Considered the largest meeting of governments across the world, held once every 10 years, this is where several countries come together to discuss biodiversity and the role it plays in protecting our planet.
The National Orderer’s Office (GON) and the European Union in coordination with the National Administration of Conservation Areas (ANAC) and the Foundation for the Conservation of Biodiversity (BIOFUND) held on December 12, 2022, in Maputo City, the 2nd Session of the National Supervision Committee (CNS) of PROMOVE Biodiversidade.
The Foundation for the Conservation of Biodiversity – BIOFUND – on 25 November inaugurated its permanent exhibition hall and its new offices. Participating in this event were some members of BIOFUND, and its main partners and donors. During the event, the guests had the opportunity to visit the exhibition and the new BIOFUND office, and also enjoy a moment of relaxation.
Zélia da Laila, a young Mozambican woman, aged 26, born in Maputo province, graduated in Human Resources Management at Instituto Superior de Gestão e Empreendedorismo de Marracuene, was a beneficiary of the 3rd edition of the pre-professional internships of the Leadership Program for Conservation of Mozambique (PLCM), and she started her conservation experience in Chimanimani National Park (PNC).
The African Beach Soccer Championship, held from 21st to 28th October 2022, in the Tourist Town of Vilanculo, Inhambane province, gathered around 18,000 people including players, top individuals in the Football field and others, supporters and general public, who, in addition to watching football, were part of an environmental awareness chain for the benefit of marine biodiversity, especially the Dugong.
It took place Between the 25th and 26th of October in the City of Nampula, in the Province of Nampula, the training of technicians from the Provincial Services and Directorates of the Environment and of the Technical Commission for Environmental Impact Assessment of Zambézia and the north of the country on the new Ministerial Diploma of Biodiversity Offsets in Mozambique ( Diploma 55/2022 ).
It took place from the 11th to the 12th of October in the City of Beira, Sofala province, the training of technicians from the Provincial Services and Directorates of the Environment and from the Technical Commission for Environmental Impact Assessment on the new Ministerial Diploma for the implementation of Biodiversity Offsets in Mozambique ( DIPLOMA 55/2022 ), with the aim of raising awareness among the institutions of the Ministry of Land and Environment (MTA),
Regarding the "Sea World Day " celebrated on 29 September, the French Embassy in Mozambique in coordination with the Ministry of Sea, Inland Waters and Fisheries (MIMAIP), the Association of Undergraduate Students of Mozambique (AEFUM), the Foundation for the Conservation of Biodiversity (BIOFUND) and other partners, held from 24th to 30th of September last, the 7th edition of the event “Our Sea” under the motto “The sea we want” in Maputo City.
The National Directorate for Environment (DINAB) in collaboration with COMBO+ Program, implemented by the Government of Mozambique, the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and the Foundation for the Conservation of Biodiversity (BIOFUND) with financial support from World Bank/MozBio2 Project, UNDP/BIOSFAC and AFD/FFEM conducted between 20th and 21st September, in Maputo City an intensive training on the new Ministerial Diploma for the implementation of Biodiversity Offsets in Mozambique (DIPLOMA 55/2022) for government technicians from the Environmental sector and members of the Technical Commission for Environmental Impact Assessment (CTA) from south region of Mozambique.
In 2020 I had the opportunity to be part of the 1st edition of the internship program of the Leadership Program for the Conservation of Mozambique (PLCM), a program coordinated by the Foundation for the Conservation of Biodiversity – BIOFUND. PLCM is part of MozBio2 one of more than 15 projects of the Foundation, which started in 2019 with funding from the World Bank.
The Foundation for the Conservation of Biodiversity – BIOFUND, participated in the 12th General Assembly of the Consortium of African Funds for the Environment (CAFÉ), which took place from 12 to 16 September 2022, in Douala, Cameroon, under the theme "Mixed Financing: Strategies for and Contributions to Protected Areas in Africa”.
The Foundation for the Conservation of Biodiversity - BIOFUND, conducted a lecture to promote good environmental practices on September 9, 2022, in an event promoted by the Municipality of Maputo City that took place at Força do Povo Secondary School, in the Municipal District of KaMavota, Maputo province.
The Wildilfe Conservation Society (WCS), the Foundation for the Conservation of Biodiversity (BIOFUND), the Aid for the Development of People for People ADPP, ProAzul, the Institute of Oceanography of Mozambique (InOM), the Department of Biological Sciences of Eduardo Mondlane University (DCB-UEM) and the Environment Association (AMA) launched the project “Building a Blue Future for Ecosystems and People on the East African Coast” on 23 August, 2022 in Maputo City.
António Simão is a 26-year-old young man, born in Mafambisse, Dondo district, Sofala Province, trained in Forestry and Wild Fauna by Instituto Agrário de Chimoio (IAC) (Agrarian Institute of Chimoio). Since he was young, he dreamed about working for the protection of flora and fauna, and in 2021 he had the opportunity to join the 2nd edition of the pre-professional internship of the Leadership Program for the Conservation of Mozambique (PLCM), the program that made it possible to achieve the dream of working in the area of biodiversity conservation.
Decorreu entre os dias 10 e 11 de Agosto na Cidade de Maputo, o treinamento do sector privado sobre o novo Diploma Ministerial para a implementação dos Contrabalanços de Biodiversidade em Moçambique (Directiva n° 55/2022). O treinamento organizado pela Direcção Nacional do Ambiente (DINAB) em coordenação com a Fundação para a Conservação da Biodiversidade (BIOFUND) e a Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), através do Programa COMBO+ teve como objectivo, reforçar a capacidade e consciencialização do sector privado para a operacionalização da nova Directiva dos Contrabalanços (Diploma Ministerial nº 55/2022 de 19 de Maio) e a correcta implementação dos Contrabalanços de Biodiversidade em Moçambique.
The Monitoring Group of Biodiversity Conservation Initiatives in the Licuáti Forest Reserve and the Surrounding Area held its fourth meeting on August 8th in Maputo, aimed at presenting and discussing the results of the ecological and socio-economic characterization studies, and the proposal for a management plan for the conservation of the Licuáti region in the Matutuíne district, Maputo.
The Foundation for the Conservation of Biodiversity (BIOFUND) in partnership with Banco Comercial de Investimentos (BCI) offered a tour to the winner of the second phase of the Bio Card campaign, to Maputo National Park (PNAM) on 29th July, 2022.
BIOFUND participates this week in the Africa Protected Areas Congress – APAC (www.apacongress.africa) held in Kigali, Rwanda from 18-23 July, the opening ceremony was led by the Rt. Hon. Édouard Ngirente. This is the first-ever Pan-African Congress gathering of world leaders, citizens, private sector, academia donors and local communities focused on protected areas.
This is the first environmental centre led by the Foundation for the Conservation of Biodiversity (BIOFUND), and was opened at the Sussundenga Secondary School, in Manica province, on July 11, 2022, by the Director of the District Education Services, in a ceremony that was attended by more than 100 people, with emphasis on local authorities, the school community and conservation partners.
The 10th General Assembly of the Foundation for the Conservation of Biodiversity - BIOFUND took place on July 7, 2022, in Maputo, and was attended by about 50 people, including representatives of governmental and non-governmental institutions connected to the conservation sector.
The 2nd United Nations Ocean Conference was held in Lisbon, from June 27 to July 1, 2022, under the motto: “Save the Oceans, Protect the Future”. Its main objective was to discuss ocean related matters, with a main focus on the issue of sustainability, as a way of leveraging the blue economy to improve the quality of the largest ecosystem on the planet and thus contribute to the well-being of people.
For World Sea Turtle Day, celebrated on June 16, the Foundation for the Conservation of Biodiversity (BIOFUND) participated in an event organized by the Consortium led by Centro Terra Viva-Terra (CTV), to celebrate the marine biodiversity of Primeiras e Segundas Archipelago (APAIPS), a conservation area supported by the PROMOVE Biodiversidade Program, funded by the European Union and implemented by BIOFUND and ANAC.
On the 23rd of May, in Maputo, the official ceremony of the second phase of COMBO+ Program and the official launch of the products of CONNECT project (SIBMOZ, SGLA and Ficha Padrão) took place. The event was attended by over 230 people in a hybrid way (in person and virtual), launched by the Deputy Minister of Land and Environment, Fernando de Sousa, with the presence of representatives of the French Embassy and USAID, among other project partners.