Slideshow December 19, 2018

Conserving Mozambique’s Biodiversity and Improving Livelihoods

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Mozambique’s Conservation Areas have been designated to protect the country’s diverse habitats —which include a coastline with spectacular coral reefs and more than 6,000 plant, bird and mammal species. Through World Bank support of the government’s Mozambique Conversation Areas for Biodiversity and Development Project (MozBio), protection of these areas has been strengthened, improving the lives of the people who live in and around these areas. The first phase of MozBio (2015-2019) involved more than 20,000 beneficiaries in the Chimanimani, Maputo, Gilé and Quirimbas National Parks, almost half of which are women, in alternative income-generating activities such as honey production and conservation agriculture and piloted the establishment of girls’ clubs and environmental education campaigns in schools, that helped the community to invest in the future, by improving environmental awareness, reading and writing skills of youth. MozBio2, the second phase of the project, continues through 2023 and aims to further support rural communities through activities that increase jobs, business and income opportunities, while guaranteeing sustainable livelihoods and continued conservation and biodiversity efforts.