Mozambique has more than 300,000 hectares of mangroves along its coast, which is one of the largest tracts of mangrove forest in Africa.MAPUTO, Mozambique, February 8, 2022/APO Group/ --
Up to 100 million mangroves will be planted; Total project area of 185,000 hectares; 200,000 tons of CO2 to be offset annually.
Africa's largest mangrove reforestation project has been launched by the Mozambique Ministry of the Sea, Inland Waters and Fisheries (MIMAIP) in partnership with Blue Forest, a UAE-based mangrove reforestation specialist.
The project will be implemented in the biodiversity-sensitive provinces of Sofala and Zambezia, spread over 185,000 hectares of mangrove forests. Between 50 and 100 million trees are expected to be planted as part of this long-term partnership. This project will offset the emission of approximately 200,000 tons of CO2 per year, which is equivalent to taking 50,000 cars off the road.
The partners will use high-resolution satellite imagery, LiDAR technology and remote sensing data to identify key "hot spots" where the need for restoration is greatest. Artificial intelligence (AI) algorithms will then be used to decipher satellite data and field measurements to tailor reforestation activities accurately, efficiently and transparently.
The reforestation works will be carried out in collaboration with various stakeholders addressing the issue of mangrove forest restoration in Mozambique. Public institutions such as the National Forest Directorate (DINAF) and the National Fund for Sustainable Development (FNDS), as well as universities and NGOs, will participate in this emblematic campaign.
The project will be financed through carbon credits that will be generated through reforestation and conservation activities during the 30-year period of this association. The income will be shared between local and national actors according to the guidelines established by the FNDS.
Xavier Munjovo, Permanent Secretary of MIMAIP, commented: “Mozambique has more than 300,000 hectares of mangroves along its coast, which is one of the largest expanses of mangrove forest in Africa. We are delighted to partner with Blue Forest and introduce innovative technology to the way we map and restore our vital mangrove forests for generations to come.”
Vahid Fotuhi, Founder and CEO of Blue Forest, added: “Mozambique is a highly strategic country when it comes to mangrove forests. We are delighted to partner with MIMAIP and to work in coordination with all national and provincial public and private institutions as well as the local communities of Sofala and Zambezia on this landmark project. Tens of thousands of people and endless marine life will benefit from this project.”
We are working together with the Mozambican government and our partners to provide vital assistance to children and their families in the affected areas.MAPUTO, Mozambique, January 27, 2022/APO Group/ --
UNICEF is deploying staff and preparing medical and nutrition supplies, water, sanitation and hygiene kits, as well as setting up temporary learning spaces to help children and families affected by Tropical Storm Ana, which made landfall in central and northern from Mozambique on January 24.
More than 45,000 people, including 23,000 women and children, are likely to be in need of humanitarian assistance following the storm that hit Nampula, Zambezia, Tete, Niassa, Sofala and Manica provinces.
The powerful storm caused flooding, damaging nearly 10,500 homes and public infrastructure, including bridges, power lines, schools, water systems and health facilities. According to the Mozambique National Institute for Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (INGD), as of January 26, 12 health facilities and 346 classrooms (137 schools) have been damaged or destroyed, leaving 27,383 students without a place to learn. , ahead of the new school year that is scheduled to start on Monday, January 31. These numbers are expected to rise as teams on the ground are still assessing the situation.
With Mozambique in its wet season, the situation could quickly deteriorate if another tropical depression or cyclone brings significant additional rain to already full rivers and dams.
“We are working together with the Mozambican government and our partners to provide vital assistance to children and their families in the affected areas,” said Maria Luisa Fornara, UNICEF Representative in Mozambique. “This latest storm to hit Mozambique is a stark reminder that the climate crisis is real and that climate-related severe weather events hit children hardest.”
In the coming days, UNICEF emergency teams will begin distributing essential supplies such as buckets, soap and water purification tablets, ready-to-use therapeutic food for malnourished children, and set up temporary learning spaces where children whose schools have been damaged/ destroyed can safely learn and play. UNICEF has been sharing messages of protection and prevention to mitigate the impact of the storm through provincial and local radio stations, mobile multimedia units and U-Report.
UNICEF estimates that it will need US$3.5 million to respond to the immediate needs of populations affected by Tropical Storm Ana in Mozambique. The organization is using its previously placed supplies and mobilizing internal funds.
Between 2016 and 2021, the country faced two severe droughts and eight tropical storms, including major cyclones Idai and Kenneth that hit the country in 2019 in a span of six weeks, affecting 2.5 million people. According to the INFORM disaster risk assessment tool, Mozambique ranks 9th out of 191 countries globally due to the country's high vulnerability to hazards, exposure to risks and lack of coping capacity.
We are living through incredible times and we will continue to be strong advocates for pragmatic and common sense solutions for all forms of energy in Mozambique.MAPUTO, Mozambique, January 27, 2022/APO Group/ --
The Chamber of Oil and Gas of Mozambique, in a move to promote inclusion and offer support to all facets of the Mozambican energy sector, has announced that the organization will change its name to the Chamber of Energy of Mozambique (www.CPGMmoz.com) . As a key supporter and enabler of the success of Mozambique's energy sector, the rebranding marks a turning point for the organization as it moves to accelerate the growth of oil, gas and renewable energy across the country in an environment of post-COVID-19 energy transition.
Established in January 2020, the Chamber has a strong mandate to foster relationships between members, national and international business and government. In this regard, the organization remains committed to supporting business development in Mozambique and, in a short space of time, has been instrumental in enhancing engagement and networking among key players in the industry.
Within the natural gas industry, the Chamber has been dedicated to helping establish an enabling environment for international investors, while supporting national companies throughout the value chain to increase their participation in the sector. By ensuring that national companies have access to opportunities in the development of small, medium and large-scale projects, particularly in relation to gas-to-energy, liquefied natural gas and distribution, the Chamber has reaffirmed its commitment to the socioeconomic growth of Mozambique. Now, with the rebranding, the company will expand its portfolio and offer support in a wide variety of sectors, including renewable energy, infrastructure and technology.
“We are living through incredible times and we will continue to be strong advocates for pragmatic and common sense solutions for all forms of energy in Mozambique. This will expand our portfolio, improve business relationships and take the lead towards a more inclusive energy sector in Mozambique. The Chamber has always been a strong supporter of the country's energy progress and now, with the rebranding, it will be even better positioned to serve the entire industry and its value chains," said Florival Mucave, CEO of the Mozambique Chamber of Energy. .
Meanwhile, with a strong mandate to improve local content within the Mozambican energy industry, the Chamber has taken significant steps in terms of promoting an inclusive participation of Mozambicans in the energy industry and intends to continue to play a critical role. in the development of local content policies. and legislation in Mozambique. Through training programs, knowledge and technology transfer initiatives, and community outreach programs, the Chamber has placed local content at the center of the development of the country's energy sector, while also serving as a bridge between energy companies and local communities. Consequently, the non-profit organization continues to be a voice for the Mozambican people and the energy industry in general.
The House's move to rebrand comes at a time when Mozambique is grappling with the effects of three crises: namely, the COVID-19 pandemic; the climate crisis; and insurgency in the northern province of Cabo-Delgado
Fluctuations in demand, price instability and the global call for an energy transition have motivated many companies around the world to expand renewable energy investment and development. Consequently, as an advocate for the entire Mozambican energy sector, the Chamber has responded to market demand. Through the rebranding, the organization has made the energy transition a priority, while at the same time continuing to promote the needs of the Mozambican people.
The rebranding will not only ensure that the Chamber is more inclusive, it will emphasize the organizations commitment to all forms of energy. One of the continent's predominant crises, energy poverty, requires both an adaptive and an integrated approach in order to adequately address it. In this sense, the Chamber has opted for a 'full energy approach' to address national needs, expand energy systems and accelerate both national and regional socio-economic growth.
As Mozambican youth become increasingly involved in global and regional economies, this program will help bridge the gap between youth and employers.MAPUTO, Mozambique, December 13, 2021 / Grupo APO / -
The United States government, through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), launched a professional development program in higher education in the provinces of Maputo and Manica. College students around the world face challenges in obtaining employment immediately upon graduation. In Mozambique, this is mainly due to a lack of opportunities to acquire the skills and applicable work experience that the private sector requires to compete in a global economy. Women and people with disabilities face particular difficulties, including gender biases and accessibility issues. To help respond to these challenges, the United States government will partner with three Mozambican higher education institutions and private companies to expand career guidance, skills development, and job readiness.
The USAID Higher Education Career Development Initiative is a collaborative partnership between Michigan State University, Eduardo Mondlane University, Instituto Superior Politecnico de Manica, and Universidade Pungue. This project will increase access to quality employability services by developing sustainable career development centers throughout Mozambique. These centers will draw on the experience of Michigan State University leaders to establish training and activities that ensure that students, including women and people with disabilities, graduate with the technical, business and social skills to enter successfully. and thrive in current and future work. market. In addition to enhancing the skills of individual students, the program will also build sustainable links between universities and Mozambique's business sector so that universities can continually adapt their work and training to meet the demands of the labor market. Career Development Center staff will also gain in-depth knowledge of youth development, gender bias and accessibility issues, human resource issues, and building partnerships through training.
USAID Mission Director Helen Pataki said: “The United States government is proud to support this program. As Mozambican youth become increasingly involved in global and regional economies, this program will help bridge the gap between youth and employers by better connecting educational institutions to the changing needs of the private sector and providing students with the information and skills needed to be successful. "
USAID is investing more than $ 2 million for these professional development centers over the next four years. Support for education and employment is a critical component of the broader US government assistance in Mozambique. In close collaboration with the Government of the Republic of Mozambique, the Government of the United States provides more than $ 500 million in annual assistance to improve the quality of education and health care, promote economic prosperity, and support the overall development of the nation.
As more vaccines become available to all nations of the world, we share an interest in vaccinating all eligible individuals.MAPUTO, Mozambique, December 6, 2021 / Grupo APO / -
The United States Embassy in Mozambique announces the arrival of 2,016,000 doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine that the United States is sharing with the Republic of Mozambique through COVAX. This is the fourth and largest bilateral COVID-19 vaccine delivery from the United States to Mozambique, bringing the total number of vaccines donated by the United States to nearly 3.5 million and keeping the United States as the largest bilateral vaccine donor. from Mozambique.
"The United States remains committed to equitably sharing vaccines around the world," said US Ambassador to Mozambique Dennis W. Hearne. “No one is protected against COVID-19 until everyone is vaccinated. As more vaccines become available to all nations of the world, we share an interest in vaccinating all eligible individuals. "
The US government has provided early and ongoing support for the response to the COVID-19 pandemic in Mozambique, including assistance valued at $ 62.5 million. This assistance includes the recent donation of 60 oxygen cylinders and a PSA oxygen plant, 50 ventilators, personal protective equipment for health workers, laboratory equipment and oxygen, training and financing for medical staff augmentation, among other initiatives. To learn more about the United States' support for Mozambique's efforts to combat COVID-19, visit this link.
In close collaboration with the Government of the Republic of Mozambique, the Government of the United States provides more than $ 500 million in annual assistance to improve the quality of education and health care, promote economic prosperity, and support the overall development of the nation.
This assistance is another example of the strength of the relationship between the United States and Mozambique, based on decades of health cooperation between the two nations.MAPUTO, Mozambique, November 23, 2021 / APO Group / -
The U.S. Embassy in Maputo, Mozambique is pleased to announce the arrival of 840,000 doses of Johnson & Johnson vaccine that the United States is sharing with the Republic of Mozambique through COVAX. This donation is part of the United States government's commitment to sharing vaccines safely, equitably, and unconditionally, with the goal of saving lives.
This is the third delivery of bilateral COVID-19 vaccine from the United States to Mozambique, bringing the total number of vaccines donated by the United States to 1,478,000 and maintaining the United States as the largest bilateral vaccine donor to Mozambique to date. . The United States donated 336,000 vaccines in September and 302,400 in July.
"This assistance is another example of the strength of the relationship between the United States and Mozambique, based on decades of health cooperation between the two nations," said US Ambassador to Mozambique Dennis W. Hearne. "Safe and effective vaccines are our best tool to end the pandemic in every country in the world."
The United States government has pledged to purchase and donate 1.1 billion doses of COVID-19 vaccine worldwide. To date, the United States has delivered more than 243 million doses of vaccine to more than 100 countries. The commitment to provide COVID-19 vaccines to 92 economies of the Advanced Market Commitment of the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization (Gavi) and to the member states of the African Union will continue to fulfill the commitment of US President Biden to strengthen the fight against the pandemic world.
In Mozambique, the United States government has provided early and ongoing support for the response to the COVID-19 pandemic, including assistance valued at $ 62.5 million. This assistance includes 60 oxygen cylinders donated to the Mozambican Ministry of Health this month, 50 ventilators, personal protective equipment for health workers, laboratory equipment and oxygen, training and funding to increase medical staff, among other initiatives. To learn more about the United States' support for Mozambique's efforts to combat COVID-19, visit this link.
In close collaboration with the Government of the Republic of Mozambique, the Government of the United States provides more than $ 500 million in annual assistance to improve the quality of education and health care, promote economic prosperity, and support the overall development of the nation.
The overall objective of the plan is to immediately improve the food and nutrition security of 100,000 internally displaced households and host communities affected by the conflict.MAPUTO, Mozambique, November 23, 2021 / APO Group / -
The Subregional Coordinator of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) for Southern Africa (SRC / SFS), Dr. Patrice Talla, traveled to the Republic of Mozambique from October 31, 2021 to November 7, 2021 to reaffirm FAO's commitment to supporting the Government of Mozambique in addressing increasing food insecurity and the livelihood needs of the most vulnerable people across the country.
FAO's subregional mission to Mozambique took place in the context of a complex humanitarian crisis in Cabo Delgado, which left some 745,000 internally displaced people in northern Mozambique in October 2021. High exposure to cyclones, droughts and floods Recurrent and intense, exacerbated by insecurity in the north and the COVID-19 pandemic, has already made Mozambique vulnerable to food and nutrition insecurity. Now, the country is experiencing an increase in the number of internally displaced persons (IDPs) at a time when rural populations should prepare for their main agricultural season.
During its mission, the FAO SRC / SFS met with senior officials of the Government of the Republic of Mozambique, including the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, the Minister of Land and Environment and the Minister of the Sea, Inland Waters and Fisheries . Over the course of the eight-day mission, FAO's SRC / SFS also met with various humanitarian and development partners, including the World Bank, the African Development Bank, the United Nations Resident Coordinator in Mozambique, as well as of representatives of the Government of the United States of America, the Delegation of the European Union and the German Cooperation for Development in Mozambique.
In key stakeholder meetings, the FAO SRC / SFS underscored the need to work closely with the Government of Mozambique. He affirmed the “commitment of FAO at all levels, including the subregional, to support the Government and its priorities in the framework of eliminating hunger, malnutrition and poverty. In doing so, the Organization will continue to deepen relationships and broaden collaboration within the scope of its association with the Government of Mozambique ”.
The FAO SRC / SFS, together with the FAO Representative in Mozambique, Mr. Hernani Coelho da Silva, subsequently traveled to Cabo Delgado, in northern Mozambique, where they met with provincial and district government officials and with the FAO team in Pemba, Mozambique. Accompanied by the United Nations Deputy Humanitarian Coordinator, members of the field mission witnessed chicken distribution activities implemented by FAO in support of small-scale poultry production, which is helping to improve food security and the resilience of families recently affected by conflict.
Reflecting on his field mission in Cabo Delgado, Dr. Talla noted: “Low-cost, high-impact interventions, such as chicken supply, coupled with backyard poultry production training, can generate quick gains for the displaced. internally, so that households have access to eggs, meat and income in a short period of time, and hope and dignity for a better future. "Mr. Coelho da Silva underlined:" In close collaboration with local actors On the ground, sustained assistance is needed that reflects these innovative approaches, which not only diversify agriculture-based livelihoods, but also build household resilience to better cope with multiple hazards. northern Mozambique, thus preventing families from falling into higher levels of food and nutrition insecurity ”.
In 2021, FAO launched the three-year Agricultural Livelihoods Response Plan (ALRP) for northern Mozambique. The overall goal of the plan is to immediately improve the food and nutrition security of 100,000 internally displaced households and host communities affected by conflict, while laying the foundation for sustainably building resilient livelihoods in the face of future climate shocks. and stressors. With the support of the Government of the United States of America, the Government of the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland and the United Nations Central Emergency Response Fund, FAO continues to scale up its interventions in northern Mozambique to ensure that interventions emergency response systems lay the foundation. for longer term development.
In order for FAO to help the government meet the country's growing food and nutrition needs, the Organization is requesting US $ 15 million for the first quarter of 2022.
Ultimately, Mozambique's second MCC Compact has the potential to catalyze transformational development in MozambiqueMAPUTO, Mozambique, November 5, 2021 / APO Group / -
US Ambassador Dennis W. Hearne and a US delegation from the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) traveled to Quelimane, Zambezia province, to initiate discussions with local officials, business leaders and community organizations. civil society about Mozambique's second MCC Compact. Under the leadership of MCC National Director Kenneth Miller and Gabinete de Desenvolvimento do Compacto II National Coordinator Higino de Marrule, the US-Mozambique technical team will conduct consultations and site visits in the province to help define investments. of Compact II to maximize the economic sustainability benefits for Mozambique.
MCC seeks to reduce poverty through significant investments in key sectors. MCC Compacts are designed to mobilize private capital, support women's economic empowerment and fight climate change.
In December 2020, the U.S. Embassy in Mozambique announced that this second MCC Compact in Mozambique will focus on improving agriculture and rural transport, two national priorities identified by the government of the Republic of Mozambique. The government of Mozambique has identified that this project, Mozambique's second, would focus on the province of Zambezia, which has the potential to increase agricultural production and reduce poverty.
“MCC's investments are designed to reduce poverty through economic growth,” said US Ambassador Dennis W. Hearne. “This process presents an invaluable opportunity to build confidence around public investment and government effectiveness. Ultimately, Mozambique's second MCC Compact has the potential to catalyze transformational development in Mozambique.
MCC is just one of the US government's development tools. In addition to other agencies like the US Development Finance Corporation, the US Agency for International Development (USAID) is a major source of US investment in Mozambique. USAID's new five-year strategy prioritizes Zambezia Province, one of four provinces that benefit from all USAID investments. From 2022 to 2027, the U.S. government, through USAID, will invest $ 80 million in new agriculture projects nationwide.
In addition to meeting Minister of Finance Adriano Maleiane and Minister of Agriculture Celso Correia in Maputo on November 1, the MCC delegation will meet Minister of State of Zambezia Province Judith Mussacula and Governor Pio Augusto Matos, Mayor de Quelimane Manuel de Araújo, as well as professional associations, international partners and private sector and civil society stakeholders. MCC will continue to engage with the people and government of Mozambique as it works to finalize Compact II in 2023.
Established in 2004, MCC is an innovative US government foreign aid agency designed to deliver programs that reduce poverty in developing countries through economic growth. The MCC and the government of Mozambique in 2008 developed a five-year pact of $ 506.9 million to invest in water and sanitation, roads, land tenure and agriculture. Thanks to investments such as the construction of 614 rural water points in the provinces of Nampula and Cabo Delgado, the number of people with access to drinking water has more than doubled.
These programs are part of USAID's new five-year strategy that prioritizes the North for continued USAID assistance.MAPUTO, Mozambique, October 20, 2021 / APO Group / -
The US government, through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), has launched three programs to support socio-economic development and youth leadership in Cabo Delgado province. Cabo Delgado was hit by the twin crisis of violent extremism and Cyclone Kenneth, which destroyed homes, farmland, livestock and fisheries. Although devastating for all those affected, terrorism and natural disasters have particularly affected young people and women in the province. To help meet these challenges, these new projects will partner with the business community, local civil society organizations, and district and provincial governments to expand economic opportunities and youth leadership.
Two projects, USAID Olipihana and USAID Recovery Cabo Delgado, will create training and work opportunities to develop the skills needed to be successful in entrepreneurship and employment. In partnership with private agro-industries and educational institutions, the training will focus on financial literacy and climate-resilient and smart farming practices that enable diverse sources of income, especially for youth and women. The projects will also work with community radio stations and businesses to improve the quality of information shared with communities. USAID Olipihana will take place in the districts of Montepuez, Ancuabe and Balama, while USAID Recovery Cabo Delgado will work in the districts of Pemba and Metuge.
The third project, USAID Youth-Led, will develop the leadership and professional skills of young people aged 15 to 29 in Cabo Delgado. Due to social exclusion, unemployment, poverty and fears about their future, many of the estimated 400,000 young people in Cabo Delgado have few economic options and can become targets of manipulation and recruitment by extremists, criminal networks or other negative actors. This project will help young people and communities to better address economic and social challenges through training, small business initiatives, dialogue and youth-led community development activities.
During a recent visit to Pemba, USAID Mission Director Helen Pataki met with provincial and district officials and several partners of these new programs. She reiterated the commitment of the US government to support local efforts to address the challenges facing Cabo Delgado. “These programs are part of USAID's new five-year strategy that prioritizes the North for continued USAID assistance,” Pataki said. “They, along with USAID's other work in Cabo Delgado, will foster a peaceful, prosperous and healthy Mozambique where citizens benefit from increased investments. "
USAID is investing more than $ 7 million for these new programs over the next three years. This is part of the more than $ 121 million the US government has invested in community resilience and humanitarian assistance programs in Cabo Delgado since 2020. Promoting community resilience and improving livelihoods are elements essentials of the broader US government assistance to Mozambique. Working closely with the government of the Republic of Mozambique, the U.S. government provides more than $ 500 million in annual assistance to improve the quality of education and health care, promote economic prosperity, and support the overall development of the nation.
The partnership with Mozambique is a point of pride for the Navy, as the cooperation strengthens our commitment to maritime safety and security in the western Indian OceanMAPUTO, Mozambique, October 16, 2021 / APO Group / -
The USS Hershel "Woody" Williams Expeditionary Maritime Base (ESB 4) arrived in Maputo, Mozambique for a scheduled stopover on October 15, 2021. This is the first call by a US Navy ship since 2011 and shows the strengthening of the partnership between the United States of America and Republic of Mozambique.
During the three-day visit, Navy sailors will interact with Mozambican military and government officials and conduct a navy-to-navy exchange.
“Our ability to conduct this level of military cooperation is testament to the strength of the strategic partnership between our countries,” said Dennis W. Hearne, US Ambassador to Mozambique. “We share a common interest in ensuring the safety, security and freedom of navigation in southern Africa, which is essential for Mozambique's prosperity.
"My crew are very excited to visit Mozambique, learn about its culture and have a positive impact in Maputo while we are here," said Captain Chad Graham, Commanding Officer of USS Hershel "Woody" Williams. “The partnership with Mozambique is a point of pride for the navy, as the cooperation strengthens our commitment to maritime safety and security in the Western Indian Ocean. "
The USS Hershel "Woody" Williams is the first warship permanently assigned to the US Africa Command area of responsibility. For more than 70 years, the forces of the U.S. Sixth Fleet have forged strategic relationships with allies and partners, and have consolidated a foundation of shared values, experiences and vision aimed at preserving security and stability. The U.S. Sixth Fleet, headquartered in Naples, Italy, conducts the full spectrum of joint and naval operations, often in concert with allied and interagency partners, to advance national interests, the security and stability of the United States. United States in Europe and Africa.
The United States shares a common interest with African partner countries in ensuring the safety, security and freedom of navigation in the waters surrounding the continent. Mozambique is an essential partner in maintaining peace and stability in the region, in particular maritime security along the Indian Ocean. Mozambique participated in the multinational maritime exercise Cutlass Express in 2019 and August 2021 and is a long-standing participant in the International Military Education and Training (IMET) program. These types of exercises strengthen partnerships and allow the two countries to work together on common transnational maritime challenges.
There is a long history of security cooperation between the United States and Mozambique. Recent US-Mozambique security cooperation includes regular Combined Exchange Training Programs (JCETs) between US Special Operations Forces and Mozambican Commandos and Fuzileiros. In addition to combat training, the United States provides life-saving combat casualty care and civil-military training.