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A Vision and Strategic Agenda for Mozambique’s National Forest Program

CHALLENGE

Mozambique is particularly vulnerable to natural disasters like droughts and floods; good management and land use decisions are necessary to strengthen the country’s resilience. This is made more difficult by ongoing political, economic, and social changes, including accelerated oil and gas developments, illegal timber trading, high population growth, and increased demand for food and fiber – all of which put the country’s forest resources under stress.  

While Mozambique’s forest sector stakeholders have recognized that the country has plans and aspirations for a more developed forest sector, a shared agenda is lacking. As a result, public resources are wasted, and piecemeal activities are contributing to forest degradation and fragmentation. Therefore, there is a need to build consensus on the short and long-term objectives among all stakeholders, including working towards the climate change goals under the Paris Agreement, and the Sustainable Development Goals.

APPROACH

The development objective of this activity is to influence forest policy and decision making in Mozambique. The activity will support the preparation of a Forest Sector Agenda 2035, which will outline a set of objectives for forest and land use and economic development of the forest sector, detailing present and future trade-offs as well as potential conflicts.

The outcomes will rely on an extensive stakeholder engagement process, culminating in a national conference on the Agenda 2035, and policy briefs for policy makers. The process of developing the Agenda 2035 will also be critical input for the current legal reform in the country, such as the revision of the Forest Policy and Strategy, Forest Law, concessions framework, and the National Forest Program.

This activity will consist of two tracks:

  • A technical review and synthesis of literature and information

  • Extensive stakeholder engagement

Key outputs will include a Forest Sector Agenda 2035 for Mozambique document, and policy briefs.

RESULTS

This activity is ongoing. Results will be reported as the implementation of this project progresses.

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Last Updated : 05-22-2018

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