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A Vision and Strategic Agenda for Mozambique’s National Forest Program: Strengthening the Miombo Network

Program Summary

The objective of this activity is to influence policymaking in Mozambique and other miombo forest countries. The activity will support the preparation of a Forest Sector Vision and a Strategic Forest Agenda for Mozambique, which in turn will feed into the preparation of Mozambique’s National Forest Program. The resulting knowledge will be shared regionally through the Miombo Network, which this activity will also support.


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.


To align views around a common set of objectives for forest and land uses and to provide a framework for addressing future trade-offs and potential conflicts, developing a Forest Sector Vision and Strategic Agenda for Mozambique is necessary and timely. This activity will take a participatory approach based on two tracks:

  • A technical review and synthesis of existing literature; and
  • Consultations at the national and regional levels, including through existing working groups.

This work will be anchored in ongoing government processes and build on Mozambique’s national priorities, programs and strategies, such as the National Program for Sustainable Development; the revision of the Forest Law; the National REDD + Strategy; and the National Reforestation Program.

The Miombo Network has already been providing much-needed analytical study of the miombo woodlands. This activity will support the Miombo Network in building knowledge, strengthening operations, and contributing to more informed decision-making for policies and practices in the use and conservation of the miombo forest.


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

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Last Updated : 07-21-2017