Mozambique Green Economy plan approved by Council of Ministers
Mozambique’s Green Economy Roadmap aims to make socio-economic development more sustainable and more resilient to climate change by protecting, restoring and rationally using natural capital and its ecosystem services for the benefit of present and future generations of Mozambicans.
The roadmap further outlines clearly how the country will move towards poverty eradication through stimulating and directing the right types of investments in the right places, and in particular through the laying down an institutional, policy and legal framework that will create an environment where sustainable development thrives through the creation of a Green economy.
The Green Economy Roadmap for Mozambique is a result of months of intense work by the Ministry for the Coordination of Environmental Action (MICOA), with WWF and other like-minded organizations. The approval and launch of the roadmap is an important milestone following a Regional Green Economy conference organized by WWF and MICOA that featured high-level government participation from Kenya, Tanzania and Mozambique earlier this year.
“The approval of Mozambique’s Green Economy Roadmap will benefit the people Mozambique immensely. The plan will lay down a framework that seeks to ensure that the Mozambican people benefit from their rich natural capital base, in terms of economic development, enhanced well-being and job creation without sacrificing the ability of coming generations to meet their future needs,” said WWF Mozambique Country Director Florencio Marerua.
Key provisions of Mozambique’s Green Economy Roadmap include a thorough evaluation of the opportunities provided by its rich national natural capital base, including mapping and quantification of ecosystems, an assessment of current and future risks and an assessment of the role of ecosystems in the local economy and the wellbeing of the population. This knowledge will allow decision makers to improve sustainable development planning and execution.
Mozambique is part of Coastal East Africa which has a current population of over 20 million people living along coastal forests and landscapes in Eastern Africa. Their survival is highly dependent on the availability of basic natural resources such as land and water for agriculture, forests for timber and fuel wood, and fish and other natural products for food supply. The high dependency on such resources and the unsustainable rate and methods of their use and extraction is destroying the very basis of their existence.
The pressures are rapidly rising as the population is expected to double by 2030 putting even more of a strain on the already meagre natural resources in the region.