Published at 20/12/2022

National Directorate for the Environment (DINAB) and partners conduct training on the design of Biodiversity Offset Management Plans

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, Module IV – Training on the design of a Biodiversity Offset Management Plan in accordance with Ministerial Diploma No. 55/2022 and a Visit to the Pilot Project for removal of eucalyptus trees in the Maputo National Park.

This module targeted government technicians from Environment sector and from the Technical Commission for Environmental Impact Assessment reaching 30 technicians from the Ministry of Land and Environment (MTA), Ministry of Public Works, Housing and Water Resources (MOPHRH), National Directorate for the Environment (DINAB), National Directorate of Forestry (DINAF), National Administration of Conservation Areas (ANAC), Maputo National Park (PNAM), National Service for Economic Activities of Maputo City (SAECM), National Agency for Environmental Quality Control (AQUA), National Institute of the Navy (INAMAR) and trainers from WCS Mozambique and BIOFUND representing the COMBO+.

The 2-day training consisted of theoretical and practical sessions. The theoretical session took place on the 14th of December at the Radisson Blu Hotel , in Maputo City, where the structure of Biodiversity Offset Management Plan (BOMP) was presented and discussed in accordance with Diploma 55/2022; and the practical session was held on the 15th of December in the Maputo National Park, with a visit to the pilot project for the removal of eucalyptus trees . This initiative was aimed at technical learning about the legal, technical and financial procedures of future biodiversity offset projects in Mozambique. This project is funded by the World Bank/Project MozBio 2, UNDP/Project BIOSFAC, AFD/FFEM through the COMBO+ Programme.

The pilot project led by PNAM in collaboration with the COMBO+ Program has contributed to the definition of the strategy for the removal of invasive species in the Park, definition of action plans for the removal of invasive species, ecological assessment of key biodiversity, definition of metrics and technical training of professionals from the Maputo National Park. With regard to the training of conservation professionals, we highlight the case of Jeremias Madabula , a Graduated in Forestry Engineering from the Instituto Superior Politécnico de Gaza who was also a beneficiary of the 3rd edition of the Leadership Program for Conservation of Mozambique ( PLCM ), assigned to the conservation sector at PNAM and also a technician for the Eucalyptus Removal Project at PNAM.

To find out more about the training of government technicians and pilot projects to improve habitats in conservation areas click here.