Forestry Extension in Mozambique

In corporation with a local environmental NGO, associação do meio ambiente (ama), DFE is carrying out a forestry extension project in Anacube District of Cabo Delago, a northern province of Mozambique (2006-2013).

The project focuses on organizing local farmers into forest groups in order to transform current unsustainable deforestation practices to sustainable management of natural resources in the local areas. The project works with small scale farmers, charcoal producers, forest groups, village members, timber companies, civil society organisations and representatives from the different governmental levels and includes the following activities - click on the title to read more:

The context and the environmental challenges in Cabo Delgado

Cabo Delgado is facing complex problems of deforestation, infertile agricultural soil, and illegal logging. The majority of the population depends on the forest and agricultural sector, yet there is no or very little enforcement of the existing reforestation and sustainable natural resource management plans for the province. Current slash and burn agricultural methods contribute to deforestation and traditional hunting methods are causing heavy forest fires. Organizing and training the farmers in sustainable management of natural resources is, therefore, one of the main priorities of FEFA. The project  works in the areas of agro forestry, sustainable charcoal production, and community based forest management.

 According to national law, selling forest products outside the village is illegal without a license but this law is rarely enforced. While the market demands for charcoal, firewood and construction materials create an opportunity for income, they also are contributing to rapid deforestation. Knowledge about the real market and biological value of timber is very low. Corruption creates opportunities for illegal logging and exportation of valuable timber.

Illegal logging is mainly concentrated on timber of high value tree species as Jambirre (Millettia stuhlmannii), Chanfuta (Afzelia quanzensis), Umbila (Pterocarpus angolensis) and Pau Preto (Dalbergia melanoxylon) which all are significant species for the Miombo forest.  Chinese companies in particular are suspected of practicing illegal logging. Problems with corrupted local officials and police controls, combined with a Chinese local market that does not require the certification of timber and a lack of knowledge among the locals makes the timber industry a grey zone where internal stealing among the concession areas and village forest occurs regularly. In this difficult environment, DFE also supports ama in its endeavour to advocate for change in the logging sector.

 FEFA aims to:

 1. Strengthen and develop the local NGO ama to function as a strong independent association with the capacity to actively work with association building, natural forest management, climate change adaptation and advocacy regarding land use rights for the local farmers. AMA should be able to influence the political debate on environmental and forest related issues.

 2. Organize the farmers in forest groups, associations and cooperatives in order be trained in sustainable natural resource management and in running an organization that has the capacity to advocate for farmers’ and the communities’ rights.

 3. Create a democratically governed   Forest Growers Association within the district to function as an umbrella organization of the different local forest groups with the purpose to advocate for the interests of its member, as well as offer technical knowledge and support.

Project Strategy:

 Training and information of the forest groups regarding land and revenue rights, technical advice and support in sustainable natural resource management, preparation of demonstration areas, creation of radio programs and information brochures and training of the staff. The capacity building of the forest groups also strives to create influence and develop a sense of responsibility  within civil society and in the local community.



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Rolighedsvej 23
1958 Frederiksberg C

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