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Mozambique - Overview

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Main References

National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan (v.2)

Fourth National Report



Status and Trends of Biodiversity

Overview

Located in the southeastern seaboard of Africa, Mozambique possesses sites of high importance in regard to biodiversity such as the Gorongosa Mountains, the Great Inselberg Archipelago of Quirimbas in Northern Mozambique, and the Chimanimani Massif. According to national estimates, Mozambique is home to around 5,500 plants, 581 birds, and 205 mammals... More »

Number and Extent of Protected Areas

Mozambique has extended the surface of protected areas from about 11% to about 15% of its national territory. New conservation areas have been established such as Quirimbas National Park for marine and coastal ecosystems and Limpopo Transfrontier National Park. Several areas have been designated as being under special protection including, Marromeu Complex, Maputoland Centre of Endemism, Mountains Chimanimani and Namuli... More »

Percentage of Forest Cover

According to the satellite images of the 1994 National Inventory on Forest, about 62 million hectares (78% of National territory) of different forest and density types were registered. But, from this number, only about 19 million hectares are eligible for timber production and commercial volume is estimated at 22 cubic meters... More »

National Biodiversity Strategy Action Plan

Major features of National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan

The NBSAP focuses on seven major areas: conservation of biodiversity; sustainable use of biological resources; impact assessment; scientific knowledge and capacity; public awareness and education; international relations; and implementation. More specific activities relate to, among others: habitat protection; ex-situ and in-situ conservation; agriculture; forestry; fisheries; tourism; local communities and traditional knowledge; sectoral and cross-sectoral integration; and alien species... More »

Implementation of the Convention

Measures Taken to Achieve the 2010 Target

Mozambique has developed a Strategy on Sustainable Development and the Program and Action Plan for Poverty Reduction Phase II (PARPA II), with the goals too not only reduce poverty by 2015, but also to conserve biodiversity resources in general. The country has increased the number of protected areas, mostly in marine and coastal ecosystems, with the involvement of the private sector and community management projects... More »

Initiatives in Protected Areas

Mozambique has extended the surface of protected areas from about 11% to about 15% of its national territory. New conservation areas have been established such as Quirimbas National Park for marine and coastal ecosystems and Limpopo Transfrontier National Park. Several areas have been designated as being under special protection including, Marromeu Complex, Maputoland Centre of Endemism, Mountains Chimanimani and Namuli... More »

Initiatives for Article 8(j)

Mozambique has made significant progress in implementing measures that will contribute not only to the fulfillment of the Convention, but also to encourage different stakeholders to apply the National Strategy and Action Plan (NBSAP) and the Environmental Strategy on Sustainable Development. In terms of Article 8j, several community programs for natural resources management are being implemented... More »

National Contacts

Full details of national contacts »

Convention on Biological Diversity

Eng. Anselmina L. Liphola
CBD Primary NFP, CHM NFP
Mrs. Felismina A. Longamane Langa
Protected Areas NFP
Mr. Nomier Bazo
ICNP ABS NFP
Eng. Maria Estrela Alberto
GSPC NFP

Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety

Dr. Paulino Munisse
Cartagena Protocol Primary NFP, BCH NFP

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