What is PROMOVE Biodiversidade?

It is a biodiversity conservation programme, covering the provinces of Nampula and Zambézia, financed by the European Union, through an agreement with the Mozambican Government signed in 2018.

Due to its experience in the area, BIOFUND was selected as one of the key partners in implementing the initiative. In December 2019, an agreement was signed between BIOFUND and the EU for financing to the value of 13 million Euros. Of this sum, 10.2 million are managed by BIOFUND and 2.2 million by ANAC to strengthen institutional capacity.

The programme was identified and formulated through an initial biodiversity study (2016) led by a team of researchers which included interviews with the public authorities and interested parties of civil society and the results of consultative seminars held in the selected provinces (Zambezia and Nampula) and at national level.



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Protect biodiversity and contribute to improving the livelihoods of the rural communities through sustainable management of natural resources in the target areas of Mozambique.

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Implement sustainable initiatives and strategies which improve the management and administration capacity of the areas where the project intervenes.

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Adopt sustainable livelihood practices for the local communities living inside and outside (buffer zone) of the conservation areas.

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Encourage and disseminate applied research and participatory studies linked to the management of natural resources to influence sustainable use and the policies.

Area covered

The project focuses on 3 target areas in Nampula and Zambézia provinces:

The First and Second Islands Environmental Protection Area – APAIPS - Read more

The First and Second Islands Environmental Protection Area – APAIPS – covers an area of 1,040,926 hectares and was established in 2012 through Ministerial Decree 42/2012 of 12 December, and it is managed by ANAC. The Archipelago of the First and Second Islands is a complex formed by two groups of islands, each containing five islands, and laid out parallel to the Mozambican coast. The group of islands further south (Archipelago of the First Islands) is in Zambezia province, and the more northerly group (Archipelago of the Second Islands) is in Nampula provinces. The islands form an almost continual archipelago between the towns of Pebane and Angoche, along the coastline of Moma and Larde districts.

This environmental area is bathed by the Indian Ocean to the east. The western boundary of the Environmental Protection Area follows a line ten kilometres inland from the high tide mark, resulting in a terrestrial area of approximately 2050 km2. APAIPS includes estuarine areas, mangrove areas, inter-tidal areas, and rivers subject to tides from the Sangage River to the Moniga River.

BIOFUND has been supporting permanently and for the long term, the basic and minimum costs of this environmental protection area since 2019, with its own funds, from a grant by Conservation International/GCF, for the BIOFUND endowment). With the PROMOVE project, it is hoped to establish the initial management and administration conditions of the area, and at the same time encourage sustainable community economic activities.

Gilé National Park – PNAG – Read more

The Gilé National Park has an area of 4398 km² (including the area of the buffer zone). It was established on 23 April 1932 and is under the management of ANAC in partnership with the IGF (which has invested in and supported the park since October 2020). This park has also benefitted from the support of BIOFUND since 2017, through funds of the AFD (APEM/Abelha project) and of the World Bank (Mozbio 1 project).

The PNAG is particularly important for the conservation of the noteworthy miombo forest, which alternates with several areas covered by savanna. Intact riverine vegetation is found on the banks of numerous water courses, functioning as a green lung of Zambezia province. PROMOVE seeks to support this and to complement the management and administration efforts of that conservation area, as well as to strengthen the participatory capacity of the local communities.

Mount Mabu–MABU – Read more

Mount Mabu covers an area of 7800 hectares, in Lugela district and the localities of Mabu and Mpemula. It is an area of enormous biodiversity, without any legal conservation status. It was discovered in 2006 and has been the stage of a series of scientific expeditions which have registered several endemic species (some of which are new to science). Mount Mabu is particularly important since it is one of the few areas with this type of ecosystem, which is poorly represented in the country’s current conservation areas. With the intervention of PROMOVE Biodiversidade it is hoped to lift the potential for the participation of the local communities and at the same time express methodologies for the creation of areas under community management in Mozambique.

The project is managed and monitored by BIOFUND but it will be implemented by a range of implementation partners identified/agreed in advance (in the case of the PNAG) or selected by tender (as is the case of APAIPS and Mount Mabu), which will have subventions from BIOFUND. Subventions are also envisaged for the implementation of activities to support community development with the communities of the buffer zones, and for research in the project’s regions of action.

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This project intends to strengthen and consolidate the interventions in the Gilé National Park – PNAG above all in the conservation of biodiversity and community development through adequate management and administration and effective and efficient inspection of the natural resources, inside and outside the Park. The subvention to support the PNAG, through the IGF/FFS, began in late 2020. The support for community development activities will be implemented through a partner yet to be identified.

As for the First and Second Islands Environmental Protection Area – APAIPS, sustainability will be ensured by the creation of initial management and administration conditions by means of strengthening the management and administration team and the inspection team. A crucial point for this area is the selection and hiring of a long term co-manager who will work with the APAIPS and with ANAC to strengthen joint planning integrated with other stakeholders.

For Mount Mabu, sustainability will come to clarifying the status of the area and consolidating the participation of local communities in the management of naturals, where it adapts to the processes of planning, execution and subsidiary evaluation as lessons learned for replication and establishment or establishment. from other conservation areas with direct involvement of local communities.

Outcomes intended

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Strengthen and support the current stage of management and administration and strengthen activities with the communities.

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Establish initial management and administration conditions (Co – Manager and/or Implementation Partner).

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Support formalisation of the status of Mount Mabu and community management of the natural resources.

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