Updated at 30/11/2022
What is the PLCM?
The Mozambique Conservation Leadership Programme – PLCM is institutional and individual development programme of BIOFUND, which seeks i) to contribute to the transformation of the Conservation Sector in Mozambique through strengthening capacities and skills in the National System of Conservation Areas (SNAC), ii) to attract and motivate talented young people, with varied training, and with a particular focus on skills in conservation leadership, and iii) to raise the awareness of civil society to the importance of the conservation of biodiversity, focusing on youth.
The programme began in 2019 for a period of 5 years, with funds from the World Bank / IDA under the Mozbio2 project. The initial results and positive impacts of the programme in increasing the capacity and availability of professionals for conservation have indicated the importance of prolonging and expanding its activity. BIOFUND is therefore searching for financing agencies and donors to help fund the programme, either as a whole or specific components.
Boost the capacity and skills of the professionals of the National System of Conservation Areas (SNAC)
- Professional training
- Technical Assistance
- Professional Exchanges and Refresher Training
Target up to 2024: Approximately 310 SNAC professionals benefitting from the programme
About 50 professionals have already benefited (since 2020) from 5 Conservation Areas
Motivate and attract qualified young people into the conservation system
- Scholarships (Master’s degree / professional courses)
- Pre-professional internships
- Research Subventions
Target up to 2024: Approximately 135 Beneficiaries (youths from higher education and from technical and professional education)
99 young people (since 2010) have already benefitted, from 10 provinces
Attract the public in general and young people in particular, to the conservation community network
- Events to raise awareness about the importance of the Conservation of Biodiversity
- Establishment of multi-media conservation information centres
Target up to 2024: Approximately 30,000 people reached
Targets achieved: more than 7,500 people from 6 provinces
Implementation of the Programme
PLCM is implemented by BIOFUND in partnership with the National Administration of Conservation Areas – ANAC, which provides support, above all, in the coordination of the training activities under component 1 of the programme.
In order to ensure national coverage, partnerships have been established with educational institutions in the southern, central and northern regions of the country, which provide academic training for the beneficiaries of the programme, with greatest stress on the scholarship programmes.
The pre-professional internship programme is implemented in coordination with the Conservation Areas (public and private), public institutions and the private sector, non-governmental organisations and other institutions which have, as the object of their work, the conservation of biodiversity and the sustainable management of natural resources. These institutions host the programme’s interns, and fit them into their plans of action.
The programme also promotes and establishes synergies with relevant partners/opportunities in themes of environmental education and awareness of civil society in various local, provincial and national forums, compiling and sharing information and knowledge about the importance and relevance of the conservation of biodiversity for the balance of ecosystems and sustainable development, using various digital platforms (lectures, debates, films) and in-person platforms (exhibitions, fairs, theatre, lectures, environmental rooms, among others).
With the goal of endowing the PLCM with a governance structure and to guarantee the legitimacy of the programme, among its beneficiaries, financing bodies, institutions and stakeholders involved in the programme and the community in general, the programme has its own Steering Committee (CD), which guarantees accompanying the programme and the taking of strategic decisions, as well as ensuring quality control of the activities, results and impacts of the programme. The CD meets twice a year
The Steering Committee consists of 12 permanent members and 4 permanent guests, involving a variety of institutions seeking to guarantee greater coverage and relevance of the programme (click here for more details on the composition of the CD).
List of Members of the Steering Committee
- Alexandra Jorge
Chairperson of the Steering Committee – BIOFUND
- Valério Macandza
UEM – Eduardo Mondlane University
- Carlos Pacheco Faria
AMOS – Mozambican Association of Safari Operators
- Mohamed Harun
ANAC – National Administration of Conservation Areas
- Maurício Xerinda
IUCN – International Union for the Conservation of Nature
- Ivone Muocha
MCTESTP – Ministry of Science, Technology and Higher and Technico-Professional Education
- Branquinho Manhonha
GRP – Gorongosa Restoration Project
- Zélia Menete
FDC – Community Development Foundation
- Manuel Mutimucuio
- Hélène Verrue
AFD– French Development Agency
- Camila de Sousa
Agricultural Research Institute of Mozambique
- Madyo Couto
Coordinator of the MozBio Project