Mozambique Green Economy Action Plan Approved

Maputo: The Mozambican government has approved its Plan of Action for the Green Economy (PAEV) for the transition period 2013/2014. The government defines a green economy as one that results in improved wellbeing and social equality whilst significantly reducing environmental risk and ecological scarcity. For the implementation of this plan, the government advocates a cleaner, lower carbon economy that is efficient in the use of resources and socially inclusive.

Speaking to reporters on Tuesday after the weekly meeting of the Council of Ministers (Cabinet), the Deputy Minister for the Coordination of Environmental Action, Ana Chichava, explained that the plan envisages the rational and sustainable use of natural resources through the integration of three pillars of sustainable development: economic, social and environmental.

Chichava stressed, “that means that we cannot approve any business project without analysing the economic gain, the social impact and the environmental impact”.  The Cabinet also approved the creation of the Magoe National Park in the central province of Tete, covering an area of 355,852 hectares in the districts of Magoe and Cahora Bassa. The government spokesperson, Deputy Justice Minister Alberto Nkutumula, told reporters that the Park aims to strengthen the work of the Tchuma Tchato programme to protect and manage the ecosystem.

The Tchuma Tchato programme involves the local communities in a partnership with the government and private sector in the management of the area's natural resources. Nkutumula mentioned that the area is home to endangered roan antelopes, elephants, hippopotami, lions and other big cats.

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"... We cannot approve any business project without analysing the economic gain, the social impact and the environmental impact."