Published at 18/03/2024

COMBO+ Program promotes a visit to exchange experiences on good practices in implementing the Mitigation Hierarchy for Impacts on Biodiversity between government authorities and the company KENMARE Resources plc in Nampula

The partners of the COMBO+ program, the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), the Foundation for the Conservation of Biodiversity (BIOFUND) and the National Directorate for the Environment (DINAB), in partnership with the company KENMARE Resources plc, promoted a visit to exchange experiences involving government entities and civil society, with the aim of providing technicians from all the institutions involved with the opportunity to analyze and discuss practical aspects on the ground, in a dynamic way, of implementing the best practices for applying the Mitigation Hierarchy with the aim of achieving No Net Loss (NPL) or Net Gain (GL) of Biodiversity, contributing to national and global conservation targets.

The experience exchange mission took place in KENMARE Resources plc’s operation areas, including the mining and processing plants, its nurseries for producing seedlings, its rehabilitation and restoration areas, the resettlement village, as well as projects implemented together with the communities to reduce their impact on the ecosystems, located on the northern coast of Mozambique, in the districts of Larde and Moma (Nampula Province). The visit lasted four days (from February 26 to 29, 2024) and involved around 33 participants.

KENMARE Resources plc, which has operated the Moma Titanium Minerals Mine since 2007, is a mining company that is recognized as a major supplier of heavy sands products to a global customer base operating in more than 15 countries. KENMARE Resources plc’s products are essential raw materials that are transformed into intermediate products and ultimately consumed in everyday “quality of life” products such as paints, surgical instruments, plastics, and ceramic tiles.

This experience exchange visit is an integral part of the multisectoral training and capacity building activities led by the COMBO+ Program since 2016, which will continue to be promoted throughout the country with the primary objective of promoting communication and discussion of biodiversity impact mitigation between economic development project proponents and the government, strengthening the technical capacity of government entities on the evaluation, monitoring and oversight of the implementation of the mitigation hierarchy and sharing knowledge with all parties involved.