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

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.
Mangroves and Marine Sustainability under debate at the 2nd Edition of the Growing Blue International Conference

Mangroves and Marine Sustainability under debate at the 2nd Edition of the Growing Blue International Conference

The Ministry of the Sea, Inland Waters and Fisheries, together with its partners, will hold the second edition of the Growing Blue International Conference on 17-18 November, in Vilankulo district, Inhambane province, under the theme “Investing in the health of the ocean is investing in the future of the planet”.
More than 400 people reached by the Environmental Education Actions of BIOFUND at the Inhaca Book and Biodiversity Fair

More than 400 people reached by the Environmental Education Actions of BIOFUND at the Inhaca Book and Biodiversity Fair

Inhaca was the stage for the Kanyaka Book Fair, an initiative promoted by Maputo Municipal Council and its partners, such as the Maputo Portuguese School, AMOCINE, BIOFUND, ANAC, AMOLP, IMPACTO and the Inhaca Maritime Biology Station. The Fair was held between 6 and 8 November 2021, under the theme “The history of the future is written on the Island” seeking to promote the relationship between literature and environmental education.
BIOFUND participates in 1st Edition of the Quelimane Youth Fair in Zambézia province

BIOFUND participates in 1st Edition of the Quelimane Youth Fair in Zambézia province

Under the motto “Nourish the Future: undertake and innovate for sustainable production” the 1st edition of the Quelimane Youth Fair, was held in the city of Quelimane. This event was organised by the French Embassy in Mozambique and the Licungo University, with funding from the European Union. Participating in the fair were the Foundation for the Conservation of Biodiversity (BIOFUND) and other partners.
BIOFUND and ANAC train key actors on Mount Mabu about the Management Effectiveness Tracking Tool for Conservation Areas

BIOFUND and ANAC train key actors on Mount Mabu about the Management Effectiveness Tracking Tool for Conservation Areas

This is the first capacity building exercise undertaken by the Foundation for the Conservation of Biodiversity (BIOFUND) and the National Administration of Conservation Areas (ANAC), in the framework of implementing the PROMOVE Biodiversidade (Promote Biodiversity) project, which seeks to support the Conservation of Biodiversity and Community Development on Mount Mabu.
Invasive plant species under study in the Maputo Special Reserve

Invasive plant species under study in the Maputo Special Reserve

This study is being undertaken by the Foundation for the Conservation of Biodiversity (BIOFUND) in the framework of the Biodiversity Offset Programme, implemented with the financial support of the World Bank/MozBio2 Project and UNDP/BIOSFAC in partnership with the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), the National Environment Directorate (DINAB) and the National Directorate of Forests (DINAF).
European Union disburses 750,000 Euros to strengthen the BIO-Emergency Fund

European Union disburses 750,000 Euros to strengthen the BIO-Emergency Fund

The European Union recently signed a financing agreement with the Foundation for the Conservation of Biodiversity (BIOFUND) to strengthen the BIO-Emergency Fund, in order to increase the fund’s coverage. The Fund is intend to preserve the jobs of the rangers and other staff who are fundamental for supporting inspection in the Conservation Areas, to mitigate the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic.
The Mozambican biodiversity conservation community mourns the tragic murder of marine biologist Lara Muaves.

The Mozambican biodiversity conservation community mourns the tragic murder of marine biologist Lara Muaves.

It is with great sadness that the Foundation for the Conservation of Biodiversity (BIOFUND) received the news of the tragic death of marine biologist and conservationist Lara Cristina Muaves, senior staff at the World Fund for Nature in Mozambique (WWF), on 14 October 2021, in Maputo.
BIOFUND, WCS and DINAB promote Intensive Training on the application of the Mitigation Hierarchy in Mozambique for Government technicians

BIOFUND, WCS and DINAB promote Intensive Training on the application of the Mitigation Hierarchy in Mozambique for Government technicians

Foundation for the Conservation of Biodiversity (BIOFUND) in partnership with the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) through the COMBO+ Project and the Ministry of Land and Environment (MTA) represented by the National Directorate of Environment (DINAB) with financial support from World Bank/MozBio2 Project and UNDP/BIOSFAC, conducted between the 12th and 13th of October 2021 the first module of the intensive training program for 25 technicians from various sectors of MTA on the application of the mitigation hierarchy in Mozambique.
32 countries participate in the 11th General Assembly of the Consortium of African Funds for the Environment

32 countries participate in the 11th General Assembly of the Consortium of African Funds for the Environment

From 6-8 October 2021, Mozambique hosted in Maputo, in hybrid format (part physical presence and part virtual) the 11th General Assembly of the Consortium of African Funds for the Environment (CAFÉ). Participating in the event were 32 countries from four continents - 16 countries from Africa, six from America, nine from Europe and one from Asia. The meeting was financed by German cooperation, through KfW, and by FFEM.
Mozambique hosts the General Assembly of the Consortium of African Funds for the Environment for the first time

Mozambique hosts the General Assembly of the Consortium of African Funds for the Environment for the first time

The 11th General Assembly of the Consortium of African Funds for the Environment (CAFÉ) takes place in Maputo city, from October 6th to 8th, 2021, at Radisson Blu Hotel at 10h00 am (Mozambique Time), in hybrid format (presential and remotely) with the objective of sharing knowledge and experience to discuss conservation funding mechanisms and opportunities in Africa.
PLCM interns acquire experience in Forestry Inventory in Zambézia province

PLCM interns acquire experience in Forestry Inventory in Zambézia province

Interns of the Mozambique Conservation Leadership Programme (PLCM), allocated to the National Forestry Directorate (DINAF), have been undertaking, since 15 August 2021, the integrated Forestry Inventory of Forestry Compartments (CF) in Forestry Management Units (UMF) in Mocuba and Lugela districts, Zambézia province, during 4 weeks.
PLCM interns take part in the moving rescue of a lion in game reserve 11

PLCM interns take part in the moving rescue of a lion in game reserve 11

Pride and a sense of mission accomplished characterised the young interns who took part, for the first time, in a mission to rescue an animal. It was not just any animal – we are talking about the king of the jungle, who fell into a trap laid by poachers.
Gorongosa National Park receives PLCM interns

Gorongosa National Park receives PLCM interns

Two interns from the Mozambique Conservation Leadership Programme PLCM) have been taking part in Environmental Education activities since 15 August in Gorongosa National Park.
Ranger of the year 2021- António Soze Fombe: “To be a ranger is to give one’s life for the good of conservation without expecting immediate results”

Ranger of the year 2021- António Soze Fombe: “To be a ranger is to give one’s life for the good of conservation without expecting immediate results”

35 year old António has been a ranger for 14 years, and he has worked in the Niassa Special Reserve (REN) for the past 8 years. His work at REN has been marked by leadership in the fight against poachers from Tanzania.
Professionals of the Conservation Areas take part in a course for tourist guides in South Africa

Professionals of the Conservation Areas take part in a course for tourist guides in South Africa

This is a capacity building exercise under objective 1 of the Mozambique Conservation Leadership Programme (PLCM), which seeks to strengthen the skills of the professionals of the National System of Conservation Areas (SNAC). It is taking place in the Southern Africa Wildlife College, in South Africa, and lasts for two (2) months.
BIOFUND committed to building a new generation of conservation leaders

BIOFUND committed to building a new generation of conservation leaders

The new Chairperson of the Board of Directors of the Foundation for the Conservation of Biodiversity (BIOFUND), Narciso Matos, in early August accompanied the activities of the interns of the Mozambique Conservation Leadership Programme (PLCM) in Luwire, in the Niassa Special Reserve.
BIOFUND and partners carry out studies on the charcoal value chain in the Licuáti Forest Reserve and Surrounding Area

BIOFUND and partners carry out studies on the charcoal value chain in the Licuáti Forest Reserve and Surrounding Area

The Foundation for Biodiversity Conservation (BIOFUND), in the framework of Biodiversity Offset Program, implemented with the financial support of the World Bank/Project MozBio2 and UNDP/BIOSFAC in partnership with the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), the National Directorate Environment (DINAB) and the National Directorate of Forests (DINAF), is implementing pilot projects to improve habitats of Maputo Special Reserve (REM) and in the Licuáti Forest Reserve (RFL), both recently declared as Key Biodiversity Areas ( KBAs) or Important Biodiversity Areas at global level. These projects aim to test the technical and financial feasibility of biodiversity offsets in Conservation Areas and in Forest Reserves in Mozambique.
Ranger of the year 2021 – João Bernardo Castigo Massane: “To be a ranger is to guarantee that natural resources exist for future generations”

Ranger of the year 2021 – João Bernardo Castigo Massane: “To be a ranger is to guarantee that natural resources exist for future generations”

João is a Ranger at the Bazaruto Archipelago National Park. He is 37 years old and has been a ranger for 18 years. He became prominent in blocking the wave of illegal night fishing, through neutralising illegal fishermen and their boats.
12 August: World Elephant Day

12 August: World Elephant Day

World Elephant Day is celebrated on 12 August. The date was created with the main objective of preserving this animal, which, although it is the largest land mammal on the planet, is vulnerable because of attacks by poachers.
Dr. Carlos Lopes Pereira Fund grants awards to five conservation rangers

Dr. Carlos Lopes Pereira Fund grants awards to five conservation rangers

This was the first award by the Dr Carlos Lopes Pereira Fund (formally set up in July 2020), at an event marking World Ranger Day, which is commemorated every year on 31 July. This year the ceremony was held in the Niassa Special Reserve, and was chaired by President Filipe Nyusi. The winners were chosen after a rigorous selection process held between 11 June and 5 July this year, when the administrators/managers of various Mozambican Conservation Areas submitted the candidacies of the Rangers who had stood out most over the previous year.
President Nyusi praises the importance of the Biodiversity Exhibition organised by BIOFUND

President Nyusi praises the importance of the Biodiversity Exhibition organised by BIOFUND

This information was announced on 31 July 2021, during an event celebrating World Ranger Day, organised by the National Administration of Conservation Areas (ANAC), in the Niassa Special Reserve, after the Mozambican President, Filipe Nyusi, had visited the Biodiversity Exhibition developed by the Foundation for the Conservation of Biodiversity (BIOFUND).
PLCM interns train staff of the National Forestry Directorate in the design and management of data bases

PLCM interns train staff of the National Forestry Directorate in the design and management of data bases

Eight staff members of the National Forestry Directorate have benefitted from building their capacity in designing and management of data bases, through the tools of Advanced Excel This training took place from 20 to 23 July, and was led by interns of the Conservation Leadership Programme of Mozambique (PLCM). During the sessions, which took place at the headquarters of the National Forestry Directorate in Maputo, the staff had the possibility of perfecting their skills so as to improve their performance during their day-to-day activities.
BIOFUND signs subvention agreement to start community development activities in the Gilé National Park

BIOFUND signs subvention agreement to start community development activities in the Gilé National Park

This is an agreement signed between the Foundation for the Conservation of Biodiversity (BIOFUND) and the Network for Environment and Sustainable Community Development in Zambézia (RADEZA), in the framework of the PROMOVE Biodiversidade programme, with financing from the European Union, to the sum of 792.000,00 (seven hundred and ninety two thousand) Euros, for the implementation of community development activities in the buffer zone of the Gilé National Park (PNAG) up to 2025.
Mangroves: Eco-systems indispensable for living beings and for nature

Mangroves: Eco-systems indispensable for living beings and for nature

The International Day for the Conservation of the Mangrove Ecosystem was celebrated on 26 July, under the motto “Mangroves restored, Mozambique resilient”. The mangroves are unique, highly productive and complex forests that develop in zones of transition between the terrestrial and marine environment in tropical and sub-tropical areas.
PROMOVE Biodiversidade holds 1st meeting of National Supervisory Committee

PROMOVE Biodiversidade holds 1st meeting of National Supervisory Committee

On 15 July 2021, the “PROMOVE Biodiversidade” programme held the 1st meeting of its National Supervisory Committee, at a virtual event organized by the Foundation for the Conservation of Biodiversity (BIOFUND) and the National Administration of Conservation Areas (ANAC).
Zambeze Delta Safaris sets up mechanisms to protect Biodiversity

Zambeze Delta Safaris sets up mechanisms to protect Biodiversity

Zambeze Delta Safaris – ZDS – in Official Game Reserve 11, in the framework of its management plan, has established, in a process of coordination with the communities, the zoning of Game Reserve 11, in order to separate the areas of settled population, in the northern zone of C11, from the hunting areas, and the areas of concentration of about 30,000 animals of 30 species and 250 varieties of birds.
PLCM interns receive training in managing conflicts between people and wild life and in community development

PLCM interns receive training in managing conflicts between people and wild life and in community development

In June, the interns of the Leadership Programme for Conservation in Mozambique (PLCM), took part in a training course on the management of conflicts between people and wild life and on community development, organised by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), through the Kheta project.
Narciso Matos elected new Chairperson of the Board of BIOFUND

Narciso Matos elected new Chairperson of the Board of BIOFUND

The Foundation for the Conservation of Biodiversity (BIOFUND) has renewed the membership of its management bodies. The members who ended their terms of office have, with dedication and professionalism, guided and supported the foundation since the first steps from its creation, establishment, consolidation and growth.
Still Standing, BIOFUND and the Wildlife Alliance raise awareness among students about the importance of mangroves and of pangolins for the environment

Still Standing, BIOFUND and the Wildlife Alliance raise awareness among students about the importance of mangroves and of pangolins for the environment

Still Standing, the Foundation for the Conservation of Biodiversity (BIOFUND), through the Biodiversity Offsets Programme, and the Wildlife Alliance, as part of the celebrations of World Environment Day, on 5 June, held a lecture in the Josina Machel Secondary School, in Maputo city, on the importance of mangroves and pangolins for the environment.
BCI and BIOFUND encourage use of Bio card

BCI and BIOFUND encourage use of Bio card

The Commercial and Investment Bank (BCI) and the Foundation for the Conservation of Biodiversity (BIOFUND) have just launched a campaign to encourage the use of the Bio card, the first means of payment in Mozambique, produced on the basis of biodegradable material (maize), which contributes to the conservation of biodiversity here.