Updated at 01/06/2022
What is the Bio Card?
Bio card is the first biodegradable bank card in Mozambique. It was launched on 8 December 2017, as the result of a partnership between the Commercial and Investment Bank (BCI) and the Foundation for the Conservation of Biodiversity (BIOFUND). The relevance of this card for the conservation of biodiversity is that a percentage of the annual card fee, as well as a percentage of the value purchased with the card is channelled to an account of BIOFUND to support conservation projects, without any additional cost to the user. The card was developed with polylactic acid material, a substitute for plastic, which is derived from petroleum. PLA is obtained from renewable sources (maize), and it can be recycled, incinerated, or put into landfills without harming the environment.
Advantages of the Bio card
The Bio card is a debit card that allows the client to undertake a range of banking operations (with some added value compared to a common debit card) with full comfort and safety, at any Point of Sale (POS) terminal, or Automated Teller Machine (ATM), or Visa Electron or SIMO networks in Mozambique and abroad, without any cost to the client, allowing all Mozambicans to contribute actively to the conservation of the rich biodiversity of our country.
Who can have a Bio card?
Citizens who are over 21 years old and who meet the requirements for having a bank account. If you have a bank account at the BCI, you can request your card at the nearest BCI branch, or through Internet Banking.
Number of users of the Bio card
Sum raised since 2017
Pilot projects benefitting from the Bio card
The potential beneficiaries of the Bio card are small scale projects with a capacity to implement projects to conserve biodiversity, including research and innovation aspects.
© Bhejane Camp Aerial
© Ernesto Chaúque
Sàbié Game Park
The Sàbié Game Park (SGP) is located in Moamba district, in Maputo province. It covers an area of 30, 000 ha and is characterised by a rich terrestrial biodiversity, that includes buffaloes, giraffes, rhinoceros and elephants. This Conservation Area benefitted from the first project financed with funds from the Bio card, from 2019 up to 2020, for the conservation of white and black rhinoceros, species that are endangered in Mozambique. The project was designed by MozParks Initiative INC., an organisation which supports Mozambican private investors in their effort to conserve wildlife and interact with local communities. Funds from the Bio card supported the acquisition and placing of satellite tags on the animals in order to better track and protect the rhinos.
Bobole Botanical Reserve
The Bobole Botanical Reserve (RBB) was set up on February 1945, specifically to protect Raphia australis, a near-endemic species in Mozambique, and its natural ecosystem. It is located in Marracuene district, in Maputo province. The project with support of the Bio card, implemented by the Mozambican Agricultural Research Institute through the Forest Research Center in partnership with KOSMOZ and the National Research Fund (FNI), began in August 2020 and is scheduled to end in July 2023. Its goal is to conserve and repopulate the area with Raphia australis in association with other local, native species and food crops based on adopting integrated agro-forestry systems and income generating alternatives.
© Denise Nicolau
Flora Raphia Australis
FAQs- Frequently Asked Questions
A: All current and potential customers of BCI, who directly or indirectly identify with Biofund’s cause, which is the defense of Biodiversity in Mozambique.
A: Subscription will be made through the BCI branch network, by filling in the membership proposal.
A: No. The first and following annuities are charged.
A: The Bio card is valid for 3 years with automatic renewal.
A: In the area SUPPORT FOR SALE the INTRANET contains all the information you need about the cards, however any other information you may need, you can contact the DCE/Payment Means Office, through SERVICE DESK or through mailbox firstname.lastname@example.org.
R: 6. In case of loss or misplacement of the card, how should the customer proceed?
A: The customer should immediately contact BCI Directo, available 24 hours a day to report the loss/theft of Bio card, using the following contacts:
- Fixed Line: +258 1224
- Mobile Line:+258 84 092 1224 /+258 82 999 1224/ 82 1224 / 84 1224
- Mobile Line: +258 84 092 1224 /+258 82 999 1224(Internacional)
If abroad, the BIO Card puts at your disposal the Global VISA Assistance, through the numbers identified below (call paid on the recipient, depending on the country where the holder is located). This assistance service operates 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and has multilingual service.
|Portugal||800 844 034|
|United Kingdom||0800 169 5189|
|United States||1 866 765 9644|
|Australia||1 800 450 346|
|Other countries||+1 303 967 1090|
A BIOFUND is continuing to receive proposals for innovative projects that could contribute to the conservation of biodiversity in Mozambique.
For further information, contact our team through
the email: email@example.com